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

Where and when to discover the moon and worlds.
First things first: the moon will not actually be blue. But, for a quick period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more appropriate given the vacation. When exactly 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.

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What about those planets? 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 two brilliant dots dancing next to each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur composes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will beat its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon object on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up before sunrise on Sunday morning, youll also be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury below it.

And finally, theres Uranus. Youre going to require a telescope for this one, and the planet will look like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to find it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be a little more hard 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 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. Due to the fact that 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.

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Best of all, its complimentary and you can probably see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there a rare 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 corresponds with a complete moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears close to the moon for many of the night.