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

Where and when to discover the moon and worlds.
First things first: the moon will not in fact be blue. For a short period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more proper offered the holiday. When precisely will that take place? It depends upon where you live, however you can inspect on that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

Best of all, its 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 finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

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 dawn on Sunday early morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and potentially Mercury listed below it.

Theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the world will look like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Finding Uranus at opposition will be a little more tough in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears close to the moon for most 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. Since of climatic cloud low on the horizon and other blockages, in practice you will not see the full Moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.

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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 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 full moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– including Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears close to the moon for most of the night.