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 brilliant dots dancing next to each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur composes 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 daybreak on Sunday morning, youll also have the ability to see Venus and potentially Mercury below it.
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 somewhat more challenging in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a moon that will make dimmer worlds and stars– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears near the moon for the majority of the night.
Where and when to find the moon and planets.
Things first: the moon will not in fact be blue. However, for a quick period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more proper given the holiday. When precisely will that happen? It depends on where you live, however you can examine that here. In New York City, for instance, 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 moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time due to the fact that of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other blockages.
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Best of all, its totally free and you can most likely see it from your own yard (or fire escape). Not only is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
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 first: the moon will not in fact 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 full moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– including 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.