First we had a supermoon, then a blood moon and now a black moon.
Yes, Friday night, we’ve got the extremely rare phenomenon of a black moon to enthrall sky-watchers. And it could bring with it worldwide destruction and the second coming of Jesus Christ, Christians and conspiracy theorists claim. So what’s going on?
The black moon is an unusual celestial event that only occur about once every 32 months, although the most recent black moon was in March 2014.
Similar to a blue moon — the second full moon of a single calendar month — a black moon is the second new moon of the month.
A new moon is invisible, as the sunlit side of the moon faces away from the Earth, so the side we see is entirely in shadow. There really is nothing to see.
However, what will happen Friday night is a chance to enjoy the night sky without any glare from the moon.
The new moon officially occurs at 8:11 p.m. EDT (5:11 p.m. PDT) on Friday. However, for those in the Eastern Hemisphere, particularly Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, the new moon doesn’t occur until after midnight. It is then technically just a regular new moon for that part of the world since it occurs on the first of next month.
A black moon can also be used to describe a month without either a full moon or a new moon. With only 28 days, February is the only month in which that can occur.
What the bible says
In Luke 21:25-26, the Bible says: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and looking after those things which are coming on the earth.”
The Book of Matthew, chapter 24:29, reads: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”
The end is near! Try as you might, this time you can be assured you won’t see anything. Indeed, black moon + black sky = invisible.