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

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According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. Because of climatic cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions, in practice you will not see the full Moon appear till about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.

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

Where and when to discover the moon and planets.
First things initially: the moon will not really be blue. But, for a brief period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more suitable given the vacation. So when exactly will that happen? It depends upon where you live, however you can look at that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

What about those planets? 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 daybreak on Sunday early morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and potentially Mercury below it.

And finally, 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 somewhat more tough in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a full moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– consisting of Uranus– more difficult 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.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of spotting 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 coincides with a complete moon that will make dimmer worlds and stars– consisting of 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.