Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

How to see Uranus without a telescope as planet nears Earth

How to see Uranus without a telescope as planet nears Earth

If you missed Uranus last night, don't worry, social media has you covered.

Amateur stargazing is always hit-and-miss.

Tonight, though, it might be worth giving a try to looking up into the night's sky yourself.

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That's because it's in opposition to the sun, meaning the Earth is directly between the sun and Uranus.

Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun and one of two cold and windy "ice giants", will be visible with the naked eye or binoculars on Thursday night in SC skies.

This means that tonight, Uranus should (weather permitting) be close enough to Earth to be visible to the naked eye.

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Uranus has the third largest diameter in our solar system and is four times wider than Earth.

Tonight, the planet will reach its highest point in the sky at around 00:35 GMT, nearly exactly due south.

That said, this isn't going to be a huge illumination. This will be the highest Uranus has been in the sky since 1963, and will carry a brightness magnitude of 5.7. The blue-green planet is visible for several months on either side of opposition, every year.

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Others more scientific, this is what Uranus looked like from Brazil. But binoculars, rather than a full telescope, should suffice, NASA says.

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