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Best of all, its complimentary and you can most likely see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
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And finally, theres Uranus. Youre going to require a telescope for this one, and the planet will appear like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Spotting Uranus at opposition will be slightly harder in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon corresponds with a moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The planet beings in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears near the moon for the majority of the night.
According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. Because of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other blockages, in practice you wont see the complete Moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.
What about those worlds? Mars will be in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. Next up: Saturn and Jupiter. “Theyll be the two intense dots dancing beside each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur composes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outshine its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon things on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up before sunrise on Sunday morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and potentially Mercury below it.
Where and when to discover the moon and planets.
Things first: the moon will not in fact be blue. However, for a brief period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is a lot more suitable offered the holiday. So when exactly will that happen? It depends upon where you live, however you can look at that here. In New York City, for instance, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.
Fingers crossed for clear skies!
Not just is there an unusual Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: the moon will not really be blue. Mars will be in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. The phenomenon coincides with a complete moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– including Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for most of the night.