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

Where and when to find the moon and worlds.
Things initially: the moon will not really be blue. But, for a short period– as it increases above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is much more appropriate offered the holiday. When precisely will that occur? It depends upon where you live, however you can check on that here. In New York City, for instance, 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 before daybreak on Sunday early morning, youll also be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury listed below it.

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

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Theres Uranus. Youre going to need a telescope for this one, and the world will look like a little blue-green disc. Heres where to find it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Finding Uranus at opposition will be slightly more difficult in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a full moon that will make dimmer stars and planets– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which unfortunately appears near 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. In practice you will not see the moon appear until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time since of atmospheric cloud short on the horizon and other obstructions.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not only is there an uncommon Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things initially: 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 corresponds with a full moon that will make dimmer stars and worlds– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world sits in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears close to the moon for many of the night.