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There will be a Black Moon happening this Friday

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan
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Prepare to witness the rise of a Black Moon in the Western hemisphere this Friday night at 8:11pm EST, a rare event that occurs only once every 32 months.

But... Don't expect to actually see the moon. A Black Moon, which is defined as the second new moon in a calendar month (in contrast to a Blue Moon, which is the second full moon in a calendar month), occurs when the moon's Earth-facing side is completely shadowed. So, you might as well celebrate the happening indoors.

Given the time difference between the Western and Eastern hemisphere, folks in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia will actually witness the event on October 1, rendering this the first new moon in October (rather than the second in September). Eastern hemisphere residents will, indeed, get to witness a Black Moon in their area closer to Halloween, on October 30—a fitting date, if you ask us.

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