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

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Where and when to find the moon and planets.
Things first: the moon will not in fact be blue. For a brief duration– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more suitable provided the vacation. When precisely will that occur? It depends on where you live, but you can examine that here. In New York City, for instance, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

Theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will look like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be a little 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 planet sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears near the moon for many of the night.

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

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

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 beside each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur composes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will beat 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 dawn on Sunday morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and perhaps Mercury below it.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of identifying 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 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 sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears close to the moon for many of the night.