What's the deal with the Black Supermoon?

Contrary to its ominous name, a Black Moon is nothing to worry about. 

July 31, 2019 - 5:36 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) — You may have heard that a "Black Supermoon" will be in the sky tonight, but what does that mean?

Contrary to its ominous name, a Black Moon is nothing to worry about. It is a nickname for the second New Moon occuring in one standard calendar month. 

It is typical for one New Moon and one Full Moon to occur each month, however, about every 32 months, a Black Moon will occur, according to the Farmers' Almanac. The first New Moon of the month happened on July 2. 

Since it is a New Moon, which marks the beginning of a 29.5-day lunar cycle, it will not be visible. During this phase, the Moon is hit by sunlight from the backside, which we cannot see from Earth.

So what makes this moon super? Supermoons occur when the Moon is at its closest to Earth — about 224,074 miles away.

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