Rare black moon, solar eclipse 2022 to occur at same time today: How and when will it happen
The second new moon of April 2022, which occurs on Saturday, April 30, will be a 'black moon'. It is a rare occurrence which will also coincide with a partial solar eclipse. This year's first solar eclipse will be visible in several parts of the world.
The partial solar eclipse will start on May 01, 2022, at 12:15 am and end at 04:07 am IST.
WHAT IS A BLACK MOON?
This astronomical phenomenon occurs when our moon receives no light and the lunar disc is detectable. The Black Moon will also block out sunlight in certain parts of earth for some time during the day.
It will coincide with a partial solar eclipse that can be seen from Antarctica and parts of South America.
The Black Moon, which will occur on Saturday, isn't an officially acknowledged astronomical word and has a variety of interpretations.
Since the lunar calendar pretty much follows the Earth's calendar year, there is only one full moon and one new moon every month. A second full moon in a single calendar month is called a "Blue Moon." A Black Moon is the flip side of a Blue Moon, which is the second new moon in a single calendar month.
The Black Moon will partially eclipse the sun across the southeast Pacific and southern South America. According to NASA, roughly 64% of the sun's disk will be blotted out at most.
THE SOLAR ECLIPSE
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth. This results in a shadow on the Earth, hindering reflected sunlight in certain areas.
The places from which the solar eclipse is visible include parts of the Southern Hemisphere and people residing in South America, Chile, Uruguay, southwestern Bolivia, Peru, and particular regions of southwestern Brazil and Argentina will also witness this phenomenon. NASA has also confirmed the visibility from the South Pacific ocean and the southern ocean regions.
Another noteworthy event will also happen on Saturday, April 30. Venus and Jupiter will reportedly come so close to colliding that they will appear to be kissing.