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

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

Where and when to find the moon and planets.
Things initially: the moon will not in fact be blue. But, for a brief period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is a lot more suitable given the vacation. When exactly will that take place? It depends upon where you live, but you can inspect on that here. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

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

Theres Uranus. Youre going to require a telescope for this one, and the planet will look like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Finding Uranus at opposition will be slightly more tough in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon accompanies a moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears near to the moon for many of the night.

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 before sunrise on Sunday early morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and perhaps Mercury below it.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of identifying 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 coincides with a complete 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 unfortunately appears close to the moon for many of the night.