Black Moon tonight: What it is, best times, places to see

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If you live in the Western Hemisphere, a rare black super moon will be floating in space this evening. North America will get the first look, while the rest of the planet will see the Black Moon on August 30. The resulting darkness offers an ideal opportunity for amateur astronomers and professional photographers to stare at the stars.

So, here's everything you need to know about the lunar phenomenon.

What time will the Black Supermoon peak in the USA?

But July 31 will mark a rare occurrence for Earth's natural satellite - a phenomenon known as a Black Moon.

UK-based stargazers will unfortunately miss out on the Black Supermoon.

A black moon can also be used to describe a month where there are no new moons - which is only possible in February because there are fewer days.

What is a Black Supermoon?

A black moon is a name given to the second new moon that takes place in one month.

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A full moon at perigee is 50,000 kilometres closer to Earth than a full moon aligning with apogee. While the second full moon of a month is called a Blue Moon, the second new moon of the month is called a Black Moon.

There will be a supermoon unlike any other that will take place today.

Besides being a unique 3-year event, the moon will also be a supermoon which occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth.

Each annual season normally has three New Moons, but a fourth can occasionally occur, roughly once every 33 months.

The latest skygazing news is of a so-called "black supermoon", but what is it and will you be able to see it in Norfolk?

For those continents, their new moon will arrive later in August.

There are various phases of the Moon that you've probably heard of by now.

The Moon also causes tides, creating a rhythm that has guided humans for thousands of years.