There's going to be a rare "black moon" on Friday night

There's going to be a rare "black moon" on Friday night
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

On Friday night, a rare lunar phenomenon will occur, called a black moon — or rather, the second new moon within a one-month period. But good luck trying to see it, because you won't be able to. Sorry!

According to Space.com, the lunar calendar and our Gregorian calendar typically line up quite neatly — there is usually one full moon and one new moon each month. Some months, though, there is a second full moon called a blue moon, when eager amateur astronomers get to enjoy two nights of a full moon.

A black moon is basically the opposite of that phenomenon. It's a repeat new moon, meaning that for the second time this September, the night sky will look completely empty. 

The different phases of the moon.
Source: 
Shutterstock / BlueRingMedia

According to Space.com, black moons happen about once every 32 months. 

It's a cool phenomenon, but it's one you absolutely can't see happening. Enjoy the darkness, everyone!

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Warrant suggests Justine Damond may have slapped police cruiser before she was fatally shot

The officers involved in the shooting remain on paid administrative leave.

House passes new sanctions against Russia by an enormous margin

The bill also places limits on Trump’s power to ease or end penalties against Russia.

Paul Manafort is meeting with Senate investigators. Here’s what we know about his Russia ties.

Paul Manafort has Russia links dating back more than 10 years.

Yes, Donald Trump can fire Robert Mueller. Here’s how he can do it.

It's a complicated process, and it could get messy, but he can do it.

Charlie Gard’s parents say they want to take their son home to die

The parents are returning to court to fight for their right to take their son home.

Vatican shuts off historic fountains in the midst of devastating drought

Officials say it's the first time they can recall ever shutting off the Vatican's fountains.

Warrant suggests Justine Damond may have slapped police cruiser before she was fatally shot

The officers involved in the shooting remain on paid administrative leave.

House passes new sanctions against Russia by an enormous margin

The bill also places limits on Trump’s power to ease or end penalties against Russia.

Paul Manafort is meeting with Senate investigators. Here’s what we know about his Russia ties.

Paul Manafort has Russia links dating back more than 10 years.

Yes, Donald Trump can fire Robert Mueller. Here’s how he can do it.

It's a complicated process, and it could get messy, but he can do it.

Charlie Gard’s parents say they want to take their son home to die

The parents are returning to court to fight for their right to take their son home.

Vatican shuts off historic fountains in the midst of devastating drought

Officials say it's the first time they can recall ever shutting off the Vatican's fountains.