Black Moon and Two Reasons You Won’t See the Moon Today or Tonight

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Black Moon is the second New Moon that occurs in a month. A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a month. People can’t see a New Moon because there is no sunlight reflecting off the Moon down to Earth. The second reason people can’t see the Moon today is because of mostly cloudy conditions.

September 2016 presented a New Moon on Thursday, September 1, 2016 and a New Moon on September 30, 2016. The New Moon (Black Moon) today rose at 6:18 a.m. and set at 6:38 p.m.

A new moon refers to phase of the moon when the moon’s Earth-facing side is fully in shadow. The New Moon is practically invisible, and rarely seen, even on a clear night. A New Moon is usually perceptually close to the Sun in the sky. When the Moon gets so close to block the Sun, there is a Solar Eclipse.

During the New Moon phase, the Moon is in between the Sun and the Earth. The side of the Moon that is illuminated is not facing earth at all during a New Moon phase.

During a Full Moon the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun. The side of the Moon facing Earth is fully illuminate. If the earth blocks the sunlight on the Moon and the Earth’s shadow is cast on the Moon, there is a Lunar Eclipse.

Usually there is one full moon and one new moon each month, but when a second Full Moon in a single calendar month occurs it is called a “Blue Moon.” A Black Moon is the flip side of a Blue Moon — a second new moon in a single calendar month.

The next Full Moon over Chicago is October 15, 2016.

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