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

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

What about those planets? Mars will be in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. Next up: Saturn and Jupiter. “Theyll be the two bright dots dancing beside 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 things on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up prior to sunrise on Sunday early morning, youll also have the ability to see Venus and perhaps Mercury listed below it.

This year, trick-or-treating probably does not appear like you believed it would, and Halloween celebrations are (ideally, in the name of public health) cancelled, but theres still something pretty amazing going on tonight. Most importantly, its totally free and you can probably see it from your own yard (or emergency exit). Not only exists an unusual Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. When to discover them, heres where and.

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And finally, theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will look like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Finding Uranus at opposition will be a little more tough in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a moon that will make dimmer worlds and stars– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world beings in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears near to the moon for many of the night.

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Where and when to find the moon and planets.
First things initially: the moon will not actually be blue. For a short period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more appropriate offered the vacation. When precisely will that take place? It depends on where you live, but you can examine on that here. In New York City, for instance, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things initially: 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 coincides with a complete moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– including Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for most of the night.