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

Where and when to find the moon and planets.
Things first: the moon will not in fact be blue. But, for a brief period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more suitable provided the vacation. So when precisely will that happen? 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.

And lastly, 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 find it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Spotting Uranus at opposition will be a little harder in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon corresponds with a full moon that will make dimmer worlds and stars– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears near the moon for the majority of the night.

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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. Plus, if youre able to get up before dawn on Sunday morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury listed below it.

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Best of all, its free and you can probably see it from your own backyard (or fire escape). Not just is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres likewise the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. Because of atmospheric 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 an unusual Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: 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 complete moon that will make dimmer worlds and stars– consisting of 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.