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

Where and when to discover the moon and planets.
First things initially: the moon will not actually be blue. For a brief period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more proper offered the vacation. So when exactly will that occur? It depends on where you live, but you can inspect on that here. In New York City, for instance, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

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

Theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will appear like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to find it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Spotting Uranus at opposition will be somewhat more challenging in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a full moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– 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 the majority of the night.

According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. In practice you wont see the moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time since of climatic cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions.

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 intense dots dancing next to each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur composes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will beat its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon item on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up before daybreak on Sunday morning, youll also be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury listed below it.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of identifying 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 corresponds with a complete 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 unfortunately appears close to the moon for many of the night.