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‘Black Moon’ Today, July 31, 2019, & How It Differs From A ‘Blue Moon’.

by Anura Guruge




The Key Difference:

Black Moon has to be a NEW Moon.

Blue Moon has to a FULL Moon.

Other than that they both refer to an ‘EXTRA’ moon in a given ‘month’.


Blue Moon‘ can mean one of two things:

1. Second full moon within the same calendar month.

2. Third full moon during an astronomical season that has four full moons; an astronomical season in this context being the 3-month period between an equinox and a solstice, e.g., 3-months between the March Spring Equinox and the June Summer Solstice.


Black Moon‘, DITTO, but when it applies to a NEW MOON.

So, it means:

1. Second NEW moon within the same calendar month — as is the case this month, i.e., July 2019.

2. Third NEW moon during an astronomical season that has four full moons; an astronomical season in this context being the 3-month period between an equinox and a solstice, e.g., 3-months between the March Spring Equinox and the June Summer Solstice.


Both are rare events.

Furthermore, today’s Black Moon is a Supermoon — i.e., it is closer to Earth than normal.


Related posts:
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Check Category ‘Astronomy’.


by Anura Guruge

2014 Chinese New Year, ‘The Year Of The Horse’ Begins January 31, 2014 In Boston …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.2014yearhorseaghny

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Hong Kong Association of Washington logo for their Gala dinner. Click to ENLARGE.

Hong Kong Association of Washington logo for their Gala dinner. Click to ENLARGE.

One New Year per year has never been enough for me. I feel terrible for those that just celebrate one and however hard I try, I can’t even come close to fathoming why anybody in their right mind (and I think that that alone is the key) would not want to even celebrate New Year’s on January 1. I have always celebrated two New Year’s per year: January 1 and Sinhalese New Year on April 14. For at least the last 15 years I have also added the Chinese New Year to my list. So that is 3 New Years between January 1 and April 14. That, to me, seems about right. I have, many times, thought about adding the Jewish New Year to this list, but despite much help from my Jewish friends I still have huge trouble trying to work out Jewish holidays. So I am going to stick with the ones I know and observe.

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The Chinese New Year is lunar and solar based!  Damn clever those Chinese. It starts after the 2nd New Moon following the Winter Solstice. So, the Winter Solstice, as we celebrated, was on December 21, 2013. The first new moon was January 1. The 2nd January 30. So that is why the New Year starts January 31. This is early. Last year it was nearly a week later. However, as I explained in multiple posts last year the Chinese New Year habitually spans two Sundays. The first Sunday, in Boston, is celebrated but is NOT the day of the Dragon Parades and fireworks. That is on the SECOND SUNDAY. This year the 2nd Sunday will be on February 9, 2014. That is when you should be in Chinatown, Boston — barring another blizzard like what we had last year. I will, of course, keep you posted over the next 5 weeks.

For now all you need to know is that it is the ‘Year of the Horse’. The New Year starts January 31, 2014. Dragon Parade in Boston February 9, 2014 — not to mention the de rigeur Dim Sum.


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