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

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 two brilliant dots dancing next to 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 before dawn on Sunday morning, youll likewise have the ability to see Venus and possibly Mercury below it.

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This year, trick-or-treating probably doesnt look like you thought it would, and Halloween parties are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, however theres still something quite magnificent going on tonight. Best of all, its totally free and you can probably see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not just is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. When to discover them, heres where and.

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When to discover the moon and planets, where and.
First things first: the moon will not really be blue. For a brief duration– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more appropriate given the vacation. So when precisely will that take place? It depends on where you live, however you can look at that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

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, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be slightly more tough in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a complete moon that will make dimmer worlds 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 many of the night.

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 wont see the full Moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of identifying 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 coincides with a full moon that will make dimmer worlds and stars– including Uranus– more difficult 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.