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

Theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the world will appear like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to find it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be somewhat more difficult in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a full moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears close to the moon for the majority of the night.

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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 complete Moon appear till about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time because of climatic cloud short on the horizon and other obstructions.

This year, trick-or-treating most likely does not appear like you thought it would, and Halloween parties are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, however theres still something pretty spectacular going on tonight. Most importantly, its totally free and you can most likely see it from your own backyard (or emergency exit). Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. When to discover them, heres where and.

What about those worlds? Mars will be in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. 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 initially: the moon will not in fact be blue. However, for a brief duration– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more proper offered the vacation. So when exactly will that occur? It depends on where you live, but you can look at that here. In New York City, for example, 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 spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: 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 complete moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for many of the night.