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July 31 Black Moon: Here’s What It Means

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July 31 Black Moon: Here’s What It Means

Readers have been asking us about the upcoming “Black Moon.” Is the Moon turning black? Well, yes, but it’s nothing to be alarmed about. The Moon “turns black” at least once a month. This month, it’s happening twice.

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 11:12 p.m. EDT, we (in the Western Hemisphere) will experience a second New Moon for the month—the first was on July 2nd—and some refer to this second occurrence as a “Black Moon.” Every month we usually experience a single New Moon and a single Full Moon. But sometimes we get more than one of each.

When we have two full Moons in one month, that second one is referred to as a Blue Moon. And it’s something we can see because, like every full Moon, the side of the Moon facing us is fully illuminated by sunlight.

But in the New Moon phase, the Moon is not visible from our perspective because the portion of the Moon that is actually getting sunlight is the backside of the Moon, the half that we cannot see.

So this second New Moon, no matter what it’s called, will not be visible to us. It’s called a “New Moon” because it marks the new/beginning of the 29.5-day lunar cycle.

Having two New Moons in one month happens roughly once every 32 months.

Incidentally, this New Moon will also be a Supermoon, meaning the Moon will be at its closest to Earth in its monthly orbit;  a distance of 224,074 miles.

So no need to cancel any plans—despite doomsayer predictions, the world is not coming to an end. It’s simply a celestial event where the lunar month and our calendar month overlap to create the occurrence of a second New Moon.

3 comments

1 Mary W. { 07.31.19 at 5:03 pm }

My grandmother always cut our hair on the growing moon, not the full moon.

If you cut it on the full moon you will stunt the growth for 7years.

2 Elizabeth Nichols { 07.27.19 at 1:14 pm }

New moon, new beginnings, time to trim or start new cycles.

3 Christine B Owings { 07.26.19 at 10:20 am }

Is the full moon a good time to cut/trim hair to help it grow faster? Or the new moon?

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