Monday, October 31, 2016

"Good Night, Moon"

New Moon

0.3 day old Moon

0.1  percent lit

Witches will fly on their brooms and no one will see them. Wolves will not howl at the moon on Halloween. "Trick or Treaters" will have to use flash lights. Yes, indeed, Halloween of 2016 will be remembered as the darkest one of all time.

October 28, 2016
By Victoria Jaggard

Find out (click here) what a black moon is, where it will appear, and why this year’s dark orb is a celestial oddity.

Darkness will reign on the spookiest night of the year, with the arrival of a “black moon” on Halloween.

Although it’s not a term used by astronomers, black moon has become the popular moniker for the second new moon to fall in a calendar month. It’s the opposite of a blue moon, which is often defined as the second full moon in a month.

For parts of East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, the new moon occurs on October 31 at 4:38 a.m. local time (5:38 p.m. UTC on October 30). This region already saw an October new moon on the first of the month, making the Halloween event a black moon....