Black Moon to appear over North America for the first time since 2016

Published: Jul. 31, 2019 at 11:18 AM EDT
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You've probably heard of a blood moon or a blue moon, but what about a black moon?

It's happening in North America on July 31 for the first time since 2016.

If you're wondering what that will look like the answer is well... mostly nothing. "Black Moon" is the name for the second new moon in a month.

Even more interestingly, the black moon will occur at the same time as a supermoon, meaning the moon is closer to Earth than usual which makes the moon appear larger.

With less light from the moon filling the sky this event creates the perfect night for stargazing.

Luckily, the Milky Way is easiest to view in late summer, so head to a spot far from city lights for a great opportunity to take in the stars.

Tennessee State Parks has a list of the best locations and some tips for stargazing. You can read about it


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Posted by WVLT on Wednesday, July 31, 2019