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

According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. Since of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions, in practice you wont see the complete Moon appear until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.

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This year, trick-or-treating probably doesnt look like you thought it would, and Halloween parties are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, however theres still something quite spectacular going on tonight. Most importantly, its free and you can most likely see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only exists an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres likewise the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Heres where and when to find them.

What about those worlds? Mars will remain in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. Next up: Saturn and Jupiter. “Theyll be the 2 brilliant dots dancing next to each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur composes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outperform its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon things on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up prior to daybreak on Sunday early morning, youll likewise have the ability to see Venus and potentially Mercury listed below it.

Where and when to find the moon and planets.
Things first: the moon will not actually be blue. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

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 find it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be slightly harder in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet beings in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears near to the moon for most of the night.

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Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres likewise the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things initially: the moon will not actually 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 stars and worlds– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears close to the moon for most of the night.