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

Where and when to discover the moon and worlds.
First things initially: the moon will not really be blue. But, for a quick period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more appropriate 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.

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 because of climatic cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions.

This year, trick-or-treating most likely does not look like you believed it would, and Halloween celebrations are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, but theres still something pretty magnificent going on tonight. Best of all, its complimentary and you can most likely see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only exists an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. When to discover them, heres where and.

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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 discover it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Finding Uranus at opposition will be slightly harder in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon corresponds with a complete moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears near the moon for most of the night.

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 also be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury below it.

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Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres likewise the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: the moon will not actually 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 planets– consisting of Uranus– harder 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.