The New Moon, also known as a Black Moon, travels across the sky with the Sun today in the Western Hemisphere. It happens here on July 31 and on August 1 in other time zones.
For folks in Paradelle, this is the second of two July 2019 New Moons. Far east of here, it is the first of two for August.
Because you can’t see a Black Moon, you shouldn’t forget that it is there. It still has gravitational influence combined with the Sun that affects our mostly-water planet. If you live on a coastline or follow the tides, it matters more than to most of us.
That influence will be even greater now because this is a supermoon – a New Moon happening in close conjunction with the lunar perigee when our satellite is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
Feel the pull?