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This Friday will be a great night for stargazing.

Talia Avakian
September 27, 2016

A rare Black Moon will occur this Friday, September 30, for the first time since March of 2014.

The most common definition of a Black Moon, according to Science Alert, is the second new moon of the calendar month. It occurs approximately every 32 months.

A new moon is the first phase of the lunar cycle, as the sun illuminates the side facing away from Earth and the moon seemingly disappears from our view.

Thanks to this, the lunar event offers dark skies that are prime for stargazing. To get the most out of a Black Moon, head to a spot that's far away from city light pollution.

The Eastern Hemisphere will get a Black Moon towards the end of October, and the next time there will a Black Moon in the Western Hemisphere will be July 2019.

Talia Avakian is a digital reporter for Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @TaliaAvak.

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