Best of all, its complimentary and you can probably see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
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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 brilliant dots dancing beside each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur composes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outperform its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon object on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up before sunrise on Sunday morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and potentially Mercury below it.
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, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be somewhat harder in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a complete moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– 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.
According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. Due to the fact that of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions, in practice you wont see the full Moon appear till about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.
When to discover the moon and planets, where and.
Things first: the moon will not in fact be blue. But, for a brief duration– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more suitable given the holiday. So when exactly will that occur? It depends on where you live, however you can inspect on that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.
Fingers crossed for clear skies!
Not just is there an unusual Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: 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 full moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– including Uranus– harder 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.