A Rare Black Moon Will Appear in the Sky This Weekend
If you are a fanatic for intriguing outer space happenings, then you likely already know that the first solar eclipse of 2022 will take place on Saturday, April 30. You'll be able to see this phenomenon from parts of Antartica, South America, and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. But there is another amazing sight to see on the very same night—a rare black moon. This event will create 2022's first partial solar eclipse.
According to Smithsonian Magazine, black moons appear when a second new moon falls in the same calendar month. These new moons occur when the side of the moon that faces Earth is fully covered by a shadow; it looks nearly invisible as a result. Intrigued? We don't blame you—and you won't want to miss it, since this is the only black moon that will pop up in 2022.
The black moon's partial solar eclipse will begin an hour and a half before sunset on April 30. Those in Chile will have the best view of the sight, as they will be able to see the black moon cover 54 percent of the sun. Those located north of this region won't see as much of this happening—but you can watch the entire event on a livestream, which means you can see its full impact wherever you are in the world.
Since this phenomenon will black out the sky, you'll also be able to better see the other interstellar sights taking place over the weekend, including the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. The black moon, overall, will be the third new moon in a season of four. If you want to catch the next black moon, mark your calendar far out—that one will appear on May 19, 2023.