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

This year, trick-or-treating probably doesnt look like you thought it would, and Halloween parties are (ideally, in the name of public health) cancelled, but theres still something quite magnificent going on tonight. Most importantly, its free and you can probably see it from your own backyard (or fire escape). Not just exists an unusual Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Heres where and when to find them.

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 prior to dawn on Sunday morning, youll also be able to see Venus and potentially Mercury below it.

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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:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be somewhat more difficult in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon corresponds with a complete moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears close to the moon for the majority of the night.

When to find the moon and worlds, where and.
Things initially: the moon will not actually be blue. However, for a short period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is a lot more appropriate given the vacation. So when exactly will that happen? It depends upon 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. Because of climatic cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions, in practice you will not see the complete Moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not only 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 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 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 many of the night.