The new moon is the closest in almost 1000 years tonight

Tonight’s new moon may be invisible, but that doesn’t make it any less significant.

It’s not often that we get excited about a new one moon from a skywatching perspective, given that you can’t see anything from the vantage point to Earth. (New moons occur when the illuminated half of the moon faces away from us, so that we see nothing but darkness.) But tonight’s new moon is a particularly special one.

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