Rare Black Moon marks the apocalypse (again)

Written by: Sophie Taylor

He’s so bright and milky white. Shining down upon the ground

Except not this month. The moon is not so bright and milky white this Friday.

Roughly every 32 months a rare black moon rises over our watery little planet, clouds us in darkness and we all run for the hills. As the moon takes orbit between the Earth and the Sun this evening, the face of the moon will become almost entirely shaded, meaning the dark side of the moon will point towards us instead.

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Butter cream face is turning his back on us. Judging by the state of things on planet Earth this year, I don’t blame the pasty bugger. He’s probably lamenting the death of old friend Sir Patrick Moore and missing those late night xylophone jams. 

According to those sandwich-board-wearing bible bashers, this black moon points to the end of days and the second coming of Christ. Repent now or forever live in a post apocalyptic purgatory with locusts and rivers of blood, apparently.

With all the light pollution going on in London and the fact that the moon will be facing the other way, there won’t be much to see. But if you want to do a Thierry Legault, you could try to photograph or catch a glimpse of the ‘youngest moon’ at 1:11am. Hmm. If you’re into numerology, you might say that’s a bit of an ominous time for an apocalypse-heralding moon to rise.

Great stuff. I’ll just be over there inside a pillow fort with some tin foil round my head. 

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