Heavenly Signs: A Black SuperMoon (Perigee) will Appear in the Night Sky 2/18/2015

This Wednesday, February 18, the moon will be closer to Earth than at any other time during its orbit around our planet. When this happens, astronomers call it a ‘perigee’, and although perigee’s takes place once every month, it only sometimes coincides with a full or new moon. But when it does, this gives rise to a supermoon, like the one that will be in the night sky this Wednesday.

Because the moon is so close — about 13,000 miles closer than average — supermoons can be a spectacular site, shining up to 30% brighter and appearing 14% larger in the sky than other full moons.

imageComparison showing how much large the supermoon of March 2011 was compared to the full moon of December 2010.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see the supermoon this time around.

That’s because on Wednesday there will be a new moon — when the moon is between the Earth and the sun, shown in the diagram below. At that location in space, the moon lies in the sun’s shadow, so we do not see it light up in the night sky.

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 What makes this week’s supermoon different than others is that it is also a black moon. Chances are, you’ve heard the term blue moon in reference to a rare event in the saying “once in a blue moon”. In some respect, a black moon, while rare, is the exact opposite of a blue moon.

A blue moon refers either to the second full moon in a single month or the third full moon in a single season, such as summer and winter. A black moon follows the same rules as a blue moon, except instead of being full, the moon is in its first phase called “new” for a black moon.


The black moon happening this Wednesday is the third new moon during the winter season and it is taking place on the same day that the moon is closest to Earth. Hence the term ‘black supermoon’.

So, if you were hoping for a supermoon like the one in June 2013 in the image below, you’re out of luck this time around. But you don’t have long to wait for the next full supermoon to take place.

There are six supermoons happening this year. The next one will take place on March 20th and will, again, coincide with a new moon and also a solar eclipse. (Although, only viewers in Europe, nothern Africa, and parts of Asia will be able to see the eclipse.)

The last three will happen during a full moon and take place in August, September, and October. On September 28, the supermoon will occur around the same time as a total lunar eclipse, where the east coast will have prime seating for the event.

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Prophecy: “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring ” Luke 21:11. 25 (KJV).

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For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither canmen hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone – Jeremiah 9:10 (KJV).


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