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

This year, trick-or-treating probably doesnt look like you thought it would, and Halloween parties are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, however theres still something pretty amazing going on tonight. Most importantly, its free and you can probably see it from your own backyard (or emergency exit). Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres likewise the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Heres where and when to discover them.

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When to discover the moon and planets, where and.
Things initially: the moon will not really be blue. In New York City, for example, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

And finally, theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the planet will appear like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to find it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be slightly more hard in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world beings in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears near to the moon for many 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 blockages, in practice you will not see the full Moon appear up until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.

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What about those worlds? Mars will be 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 writes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outshine its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon things on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up prior to dawn on Sunday morning, youll also be able to see Venus and potentially Mercury listed below it.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of finding 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 worlds– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for many of the night.