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Tonight sees a rare celestial event take place where a black moon will rise, this a perfect time to enjoy the night’s sky by glamping with friends and family.

Don’t worry there’s nothing to be a worried about; despite its rather scary name, a “black moon” is the term used for a second new moon in a single calendar month, and in reality you won’t be able to see much, if anything!

For those who aren’t too clued up on the world of space, a new moon is when the sun illuminates the side of the moon facing away from us and the moon is on the sunny side of the earth. It’s the opposite of a “blue moon,” which is the name for the second full moon in a month.

It’s rare, as it last occurred in March 2014, but not as rare as the Blood Moon we saw last year, which happens during a total lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth passes in between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s light from falling directly onto the moon. But instead with a  blood moon, the moon receives a little light from the edges of Earth’s atmosphere, which turns the light and the moon’s crater-filled surface red.

So despite its scary name, there will be no apocalypse or scary events happening – in fact with nice weather predicted today and for the weekend, this black moon is the perfect time to gather up some friends and family and head into the outdoors and go glamping. We can’t think of anything better than telling scary stories whilst toasting marshmallows under the starry black moon sky!

 

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