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

And finally, 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 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 accompanies a moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears near 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 short on the horizon and other obstructions.

Where and when to find the moon and worlds.
Things initially: the moon will not actually be blue. However, for a quick duration– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more suitable offered the vacation. When precisely will that happen? It depends on where you live, but you can examine that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

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

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

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Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: the moon will not actually 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 planets and stars– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for most of the night.