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

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Where and when to discover the moon and worlds.
First things first: the moon will not really be blue. For a brief period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more appropriate offered the vacation. So when precisely will that occur? It depends upon where you live, but you can check on that here. In New York City, for example, 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 dawn on Sunday early morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and perhaps Mercury listed below it.

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 complete Moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time because of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other obstructions.

And finally, theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will appear like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Finding Uranus at opposition will be somewhat more tough in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon corresponds with a moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– consisting of Uranus– more difficult to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears near to the moon for the majority of the night.

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

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres likewise the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things initially: 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 planets and stars– 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.