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A rare new moon and planets in the night sky

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — There’s a rare new moon rising Wednesday. It’s called a “black moon.” A black moon is considered the third new moon in a season with four new moons.

A new moon happens when the moon is directly behind the Sun and Earth. The illuminated side of the moon faces away from the Earth. New moons are invisible in the night sky.

We typically see three new moons per season. This summer however we will have four total. One in June, July, August and September.

The next seasonal black moon won’t happen again until May of 2023.

If you’re looking up in the sky and notice a couple of bright objects in the sky those are planets! Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the southern sky during the evening hours this week.