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Uranus at opposition

22 Sep 2013, 00:00 UTC
Uranus at opposition
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Uranus is at opposition on October 3. It will be nearly opposite the sun in the sky, so the planet will rise as the sun sets. You'll find Uranus on the meridian almost exactly 12 hours after local high noon. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending September 28, 2013
Uranus is at opposition on October 3. It will be nearly opposite the sun in the sky, so the planet will rise as the sun sets. You’ll find Uranus on the meridian almost exactly 12 hours after local high noon.
Opposition is often the best time to look at some planets. A planet at opposition is closest to Earth at that time. Uranus will be 19 astronomical units, or earth-sun distances, from us on October 3.
You may be able to spot the faint blue dot with the naked eye. But you’ll need a very dark sky and enough time in the dark to let your eyes adjust to it. Some people can’t see objects that dim without help. It’s okay if you’re one of them. Nearly everyone prefers the telescope or binocular view anyway.
You’ll still need to know exactly where to look to find ...

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