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

What about those planets? 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 bright dots dancing next to 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 item on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up prior to daybreak on Sunday early morning, youll also have the ability to see Venus and potentially Mercury listed below it.

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

Best of all, its totally free and you can probably see it from your own backyard (or fire escape). Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

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

And lastly, 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:.
Spotting Uranus at opposition will be slightly harder in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a complete moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears near to the moon for the majority of the night.

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Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of spotting 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 corresponds with a complete moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears close to the moon for many of the night.