Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Rare "Black Moon" to Occur Friday
A new moon is the phase when the illuminated side of the moon faces away from the earth. Therefore, no moon is seen because there's nothing to light the side of the moon that is facing earth up. This phase is normal and occurs in every moon cycle. This particular event is only given a special name because it doesn't happen all the time. The first new moon of the month went completely unmentioned. The one effect this event will have on areas where sky cover is not a limiting factor is it will provide a very dark sky (no moonlight to illuminate the sky). That darkness will supply ideal stargazing conditions. The sad news for the Stateline is extensive cloudiness is anticipated to be in place, as are a few showers. Thus, not only can we not see a "black moon," but we won't be able to see its effects on stargazing.