1546284_304763243011845_354234620_nThe January 30, Lunar Transit of the Sun starts at 8:31 AM EST today. The Moon will eclipse the sun for almost 2.5 hours. Approximately 90% of the sun will covered by the moon. You have to be in space to see it since tonight’s Moon is New.

Tonight’s New Moon also kicks off the start of the Chinese New Year, which is much more ancient than the Gregorian calendar and is based on the moon cycles. This new moon starts off the Chinese New Year, making January 31 the first day of the New Year in most of Asia. In the Gregorian calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between January 21 and February 20. In the Chinese calendar,  the winter solstice must occur in the 11th month, meaning the Chinese New Year usually falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice (rarely the third).

A “Black Moon” occurs when there are 2 new moons in one month. In January there was a new moon on January 1st and January 30th.

SUPER MOON:  The term super moon refers to the moon being near its closest point to earth in its elliptical orbit and appearing much larger than normal. The moon is not in a circular orbit around the earth. At its closest point, known as the perigee, the Moon is only 363,104 km (225,622 miles—-SUPER MOON). And at its most distant point, called apogee, the Moon gets to a distance of 406,696 km (252,088 miles—SMALLEST MOON).