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How to See Planet Uranus Through a Telescope

13 May 2021, 14:09 UTC
How to See Planet Uranus Through a Telescope
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When people are first getting started in astronomy, they typically use their naked eyes in the backyard. With eyes alone, a person can spot the different constellations, learn about how the night sky changes throughout the year, and even see up to five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. All it takes is a little practice and an amateur astronomer can begin to easily navigate the night sky.

From there, most people are ready to take on some bigger challenges. The first step to advancing an astronomy practice is to get a good telescope. Then it’s possible to see planets further out than the visible five. Uranus makes a great starting point for a deeper dive into practicing amateur astronomy.

Uranus is the only planet that’s named for a Greek god. All the other planets take their names from the Romans. The icy planet also has some unique features that distinguish it from other planets in the night sky. For one thing, the planet practically sits on its side. The Earth rests on a slightly tilted axis, but Uranus is all but tipped over, sitting at a ninety-eight-degree tilt. For another, Uranus has twenty-seven different moons, ...

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