A rare event called black moon is set to occur in the Western Hemisphere on Friday, September 30, at 8:11 PM Eastern Time or 5:11 PM Pacific Time. Like most unfamiliar events, doomsayers speculate this signals the end of the world but experts assert that nothing bad is going to happen.
The black moon refers to the second new moon in a calendar month, which means the moon will be entirely invisible in the Western Hemisphere night sky. A new moon happens every 29.5 days when its illuminated side will be facing away from us.
“A second full moon in a single calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon,” explains Space.com’s Joe Rao. “A black moon is supposedly the flip side of a blue moon: the second new moon in a single calendar month.”
However, those who live in the Eastern Hemisphere will have to wait until Oct. 30 for the black moon while those who live in eastern Asia, Japan, Australia or New Zealand must wait until Halloween, Oct. 31. The last black moon occurred in March 2014 and the next black moon after the end of September and October will occur in 2019.
Most of the time, we cannot really see a new moon. However, in instances when it passes directly between our planet and the sun, we get the chance to see its silhouette while it passes in front of the sun, creating a solar eclipse. Actually, it already occurred earlier this month on Sept. 1 when the new moon created an annular eclipse or Ring of Fire Eclipse over some regions in Africa.
Doomsayers have marked this coming Friday as another apocalyptic event. However, scientists say that the black moon will not do anything disastrous here on Earth so there is nothing to worry about this Friday’s event, besides not seeing it with the naked eye.