The moon is one of the most mysterious (but powerful) celestial bodies of all – it controls the tides, some believe the cycle synchronizes with menstrual cycles, it can affect your mood, and allegedly can even cleanse and recharge healing crystals. And with the start of the New Year, you may wonder what the lunar calendar will look like.
For example, how many new moons will there be in 2020? And when will the next full moon be this year? Will there be a month with not one, but two full moons? Start taking notes, because here is absolutely everything you need to know about one of the most powerful astronomical figures out there.
How many new moons will occur in 2020?
Okay, before we start, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about what a new moon is. The New Moon, also called Black Moon, is the first phase of the lunar calendar and cannot be seen with the naked eye without special equipment. According to LPI it is not visible because the moon is perfectly aligned between the earth and the sun, with the illuminated side of the moon facing the earth. Sounds logical, right?
Now the lunar cycle – or the time it takes for the moon to orbit around the earth – takes about 28 days. That’s about as long as a calendar month. And since the lunar cycle lasts about a full calendar month, that means that there are 12 lunar cycles each year. So, for this exact reason, according to the Earth’s sky, there are only 12 new moons a year… including in 2020.
When is the next full moon in 2020?
The first full moon of 2020 will come in a few days, so get your crystals ready to recharge! The very first full moon of 2020 will come on Friday, 10 January at 2 pm ET, according to Moon Giant. And this is not just any ordinary moon – it is going to appear as a penumbral lunar eclipse, also known as a Full Wolf Lunar Eclipse.
If you are not yet familiar with the mysterious penumbral eclipse, or the Full Wolf Eclipse, then let me notify you. According to Travel + Leisure, it happens when the Earth is almost (but not quite!) between the Sun and a Full Moon. While the moon begins to float in the realm of the earth, it is blurred, making it look duller and – well – all-around different.