Best of all, its complimentary and you can probably see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
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Where and when to find the moon and worlds.
First things initially: the moon will not really be blue. For a quick period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more proper given the holiday. So when exactly will that take place? It depends upon where you live, however 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. In practice you will not see the full Moon appear until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time because of climatic cloud short on the horizon and other obstructions.
What about those worlds? 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 2 bright dots dancing beside each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur writes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outshine its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon item on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up before dawn on Sunday morning, youll also have the ability to see Venus and possibly Mercury listed below it.
Picture: Chockdee Permploysiri (Shutterstock).
And lastly, theres Uranus. Youre going to require a telescope for this one, and the world will look like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover 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 moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears near to the moon for the majority of the night.
Fingers crossed for clear skies!
Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things initially: 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 worlds and stars– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears close to the moon for most of the night.