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First the skies turn blood red - then comes the Black Moon ... RARE LUNAR PHENOMENON WILL OCCUR OVER MERSEYSIDE THIS WEEKEND.

Byline: JOSH PARRY ECHO Reporter josh.parry@trinitymirror.com @JOSHPABy JOSH PARRYrryECHO

The Harvest Moon rises in the night sky behind one of the city's Liver Birds A LUNAR phenomenon known as a "black moon" will take place over Liverpool tomorrow - and some say it could herald the end of days.

The spectacular rare occurrence will turn the sky dark across Merseyside, as the western hemisphere experiences its second new moon of the month.

It occurs when the illuminated side of the moon is caught in the shadow of the Earth, meaning it is almost invisible to the naked eye.

Conspiracy theorists claim it could bring worldwide destruction and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

One wrote on Facebook: "We are approaching the end of our world and the end of life on Earth for all human being."

But scientists say there's nothing to fear.

The phenomenon of the "black moon" has experts divided. Some say it occurs once every 19 years when the month of February skips a full moon.

A black supposedly side of a - the second moon in a calendar Joe Rao, Space.

Others say it only occurs in a month that skips a new moon - the first phase of the lunar cycle - when the moon and the sun are aligned.But the most common definition is that it is the second new moon within one calendar month.

Joe Rao, from Space.com, explained: "A second full moon in a single calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon.

moon is the flip blue moon. "A black moon is supposedly the flip side of a blue moon - the second new moon in a single calendar month."

new single month com " Star gazers have bee treated to a number of spectacular sights over the last month, with September also bringing a harvest moon eclipse on September 16.

Last year, Liverpool witnessed a rare "blood moon" when the eclipse corresponded with a supermoon, giving the lunar orb a red tint across its surface.

You'll have to stay up late if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare lunar phenomenon - as it is only visible in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

It will occur on Friday, September 30, at 1.11am.

A black moon is supposedly the flip side of a blue moon - the second new moon in a single calendar month Joe Rao, Space.com

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