This year, trick-or-treating probably does not look like you thought it would, and Halloween celebrations are (hopefully, in the name of public health) cancelled, but theres still something quite incredible going on tonight. Best of all, its complimentary and you can most likely see it from your own backyard (or fire escape). Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of identifying Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Heres where and when to find them.
Identifying Uranus at opposition will be slightly harder in 2020 than in years past. 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 planet beings in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for the majority of the night.
What about those worlds? 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 sunrise on Sunday morning, youll likewise be able to see Venus and possibly Mercury below it.
And lastly, 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 discover it, thanks to Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
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Where and when to discover the moon and worlds.
Things first: the moon will not in fact be blue. For a quick period– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is even more appropriate offered the holiday. So when exactly will that occur? It depends on where you live, but you can examine that here. In New York City, for example, 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. Since of atmospheric cloud low on the horizon and other blockages, in practice you wont see the full Moon appear till about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time.
Fingers crossed for clear skies!
Not only is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres also the possibility of identifying 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 corresponds with a complete 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 unfortunately appears close to the moon for many of the night.