The skies of the Western Hemisphere are set for a â€śblack Moonâ€ť on Friday night. Fortunately, you can put away the tin foil hats and stop repenting your sins. Despite some of the headlines, it doesnâ€™t mean the second coming of a messiah or anÂ ensuing apocalypse.
It does, however, mean a rare astronomical event that only happens roughlyÂ every 32 months.
A black Moon is the name given to the second new Moon in a calendar month. AÂ new Moon is the first phase of the 29.53-day lunar cycle as the Moon orbits Earth. At this phase of the cycle, the Moon is invisible to the naked eye as its illuminated side faces away from Earth and towards the Sun, meaning itâ€™s shrouded in darkness (and thus hard to see).
The black Moon will officially take placeÂ on Friday 30 September at 8.11pm EST (5.11pm PST) in the Western Hemisphere. For those in the Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia) on the other sideÂ of the globe, the black Moon will arrive just in time for Halloween on October 30, or October 31 for the eastern-most regions.
As a side note, a blue Moon is when a full Moon occurs twice in a calendar month, according to the newer â€śnon-traditionalâ€ť definition. It doesnâ€™t literally mean the Moon is blue. As NASA explains, â€śSqueezing a second full Moon into a calendar month doesn’t change its color.â€ť
Simply, a black Moon just meansÂ the Moon appears almost invisibleÂ in the sky for the second time in a calendar month. Itâ€™s perhaps not the most dramatic of astronomical oddities, but at least it means there’s no apocalypse and you can keep your weekend plans.
Recall what I said inÂ my opening paragraph?Â Christians shouldn’t be alarmed at the black moon at all, despite the fact that so many “pagan rituals” are performed because of it….nor because it just so happens to fall on Halloween. There will be nothing happening on Halloween other than the streets flooded with children seeking to fill their bags with candy.
A dark/black moon is a totally natural occurence that is dictated and initiated by the Creator of the Universe!
Besides, a maniac in a hockey mask only haunts the wooded areas.
And Christians aren’t supposed to be superstitious.