How to Spot Tonights Halloween Blue Moon & A Few Planets, Too

What about those planets? 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 next to each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur writes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outperform its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon object on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up before sunrise on Sunday early morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury listed below it.

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Theres Uranus. Youre going to require a telescope for this one, and the planet will look like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be slightly more difficult in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a full moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world beings in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears near to the moon for the majority of the night.

Best of all, its free and you can probably see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not just is there an unusual Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. In practice you will not see the moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time because of atmospheric cloud short on the horizon and other obstructions.

Where and when to find the moon and worlds.
First things first: the moon will not actually be blue. However, for a quick period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more appropriate provided the vacation. When precisely will that occur? It depends on where you live, however you can examine that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

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Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things initially: the moon will not in fact be blue. Mars will be in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. The phenomenon corresponds with a full moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears close to the moon for many of the night.