The Second New Moon In A Month Is Called A “Black Moon”
The Second New Moon Of The Month
With every full moon, there’s also a New Moon which can also occur twice in a single month and that is also a rare event for Grandmother Moon. But she doesn’t seem to receive the same spectacular acknowledgement as her brighter sister the Blue Moon.
This month, March 2014; we will see two New Moons. The first occurred on March 1st and the second barely squeaks in on the 30th.
What’s her story and can you observe this special time of the year? Learn more about the Black Moon, her history, her energy, purpose and how you can mark the night of her arrival:The Black Moon.
The Hubble Space Telescope discovered the small moons in 2011 and 2012.The images were taken in preparation for the visit of the New Horizons spacecraft which will be passing closely by Pluto in 2015.
Image by NASA
The newly discovered moons were previously known as P4 and P5. Not very intriguing for sure. But with so many stars, planets, comets etc to be named in our galaxy, not to mention the Universe in general, coming up with good names for things takes time. And no..that “Name a Star” certificate you bought your sweetheart for Christmas last year didn’t do it. Nor do they count as official names.
Planetary objects are assigned numbers and their official names are maintained by the International Astronomical Union. The IAU has now given Pluto’s 4th and 5th moon official names. Both of the new names are related to Pluto, who rules over the afterlife in Greek mythology.
According to NASA’s Picture of the Day:
P4 is now known as Kerberos.
Named for the many headed dog in Greek mythology that guards the entrance to the underworld.
P5 is now known as Styx. Named for the goddess who overlooks the mythological river that runs between the Earth and the underworld.
The size of each moon is quite uncertain, says NASA. Each one “is crudely estimated to be about 20 kilometers in diameter. The robotic New Horizons spacecraft is on schedule to pass by Pluto in 2015 and provide the first clear images of the dwarf planet and its companions”..