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

This year, trick-or-treating probably does not look like you thought it would, and Halloween parties are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, however theres still something quite amazing going on tonight. Most importantly, its free and you can probably see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not just exists an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. When to find them, heres where and.

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And lastly, theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will look like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Spotting Uranus at opposition will be somewhat more hard in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a full moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world beings in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears near to the moon for many of the night.

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When to find the moon and worlds, where and.
Things initially: the moon will not actually be blue. But, for a short duration– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more suitable provided the holiday. So when exactly will that take place? It depends on where you live, however you can check on that here. In New York City, for instance, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

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

According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. Since of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions, in practice you will not see the complete Moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there an unusual Blue Moon tonight, however theres likewise the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: the moon will not really 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 full 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 regrettably appears close to the moon for many of the night.