Star watchers this week will love seeing a comet and Uranus facing each other (there are two celestial bodies facing each other), along with a “blue moon” on Halloween.
Both the full moon and Uranus will be easy to spot with the naked eye, but astronomers will need binoculars to see Comet P1 Neowise.
The blue moon will give a wonderful sight to revelers on Halloween night, Saturday 31 October, as it will be visible in all regions, in the night sky.
The first full moon appeared for this month on October 1st, while the second full moon will be on October 31st, and this cosmic show occurs seven times every 19 years, meaning the world won’t see the next show until October 31st. 2039.
What makes this event even rarer is that it will appear around the world for the first time since World War II, since 1944.
Unfortunately, this full moon has nothing to do with blue, as the moon will not actually glow blue, but will appear bright gray.
The name blue moon refers to the very rare occasion that occurs when a full moon appears twice in the same month.
And this year we had a full moon on October 1st and it’s called Harvest Moon.
NASA had already explained: “According to modern folklore, a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. The months usually have a full moon, but sometimes the second moon sneaks in.
The agency added: “A full moon occurs approximately every 29 days, while most months last 30 or 31 days, so it’s possible to hold two full moons in a month. On average, this happens every two and a half years.
Weather permitting, you should be able to see it in all its glory after dark, but try to avoid light-polluted areas.
This full moon is referred to by some as the “hunter’s blue moon” because it soon appears that Native American tribes gather the meat during its appearance to store it for the coming winter.
Uranus in the interview
Saturday will also see the meeting of Uranus, which means it will appear large enough and bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.
The planet will be at the closest distance from our planet, as the Earth is located directly between Uranus and the sun.
The blue-green planet takes 84 years to orbit the sun, so it will remain in the same position this month and the following month.
Look towards the constellation of Cetus, as Uranus will rise in the east at sunset. To locate the constellation, you can download the Sky Survey app.
The one guilty P1 Nevis
Comet P1 Neowise will be visible with binoculars.
And if you want to follow it, try looking at the eastern horizon just before sunrise with binoculars or a small telescope.
According to Universe Today, the P1 Neowise will make a brief dawn appearance in the Northern Hemisphere from late October to early November.
Source: The Sun
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