Garrett’s Blog: “Black Moon” on Friday Night

NASA Image New Moon Phase

NASA Image New Moon Phase

Black Moon on Friday Night? What?

It’s not really as rare or as apocalyptic as what posts on social media would have you believe.


When two Full Moons happen in one month; it’s called a Blue Moon.

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When two New Moons happen in one month; it’s called a Black Moon.

A New Moon occurs when the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. It’s one of the nights referred to as no-moon and it’s usually the best type of night for seeing meteors or even star photography. Friday night and Saturday will be no exception with plenty of clear skies in our area.


Both a Blue Moon and a Black Moon occur every 32 months or every 2.7 years.

The weather will be great for star gazing this weekend with lows in the 50s and mostly clear skies.