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

And lastly, theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will appear like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to find it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be a little harder in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a complete moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately 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 because of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other blockages.

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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 prior to sunrise on Sunday morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury listed below it.

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Best of all, its totally free and you can most likely see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only is there an unusual Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

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

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 complete moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– including Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears close to the moon for most of the night.