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

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Theres Uranus. Youre going to require a telescope for this one, and the world will appear like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be somewhat more difficult in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a full moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world beings in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears near the moon for most 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.

Best of all, its totally free and you can most likely see it from your own backyard (or fire escape). Not just is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

What about those worlds? 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 sunrise on Sunday morning, youll also be able to see Venus and potentially Mercury listed below it.

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Where and when to find the moon and planets.
First things initially: the moon will not actually be blue. But, for a brief period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more suitable given the holiday. When precisely will that happen? It depends on where you live, however you can look at that here. In New York City, for instance, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not only is there an unusual Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of spotting 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 complete moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears close to the moon for many of the night.