Uranus might look great up there this weekend

Today (October 19), Uranus will be at its closest point to Earth. The planet, we mean. Our favorite named planet. It's a big icy ball in the VERY distant sky in our Solar System.

Technically known as "opposition," Uranus (heh-heh, heh-heh) will be on the opposite side of the Sun in our skies, a mere 1.7 billion miles from Earth, about 15% closer than usual. That still sounds far away, but it actually means that Uranus might just about be visible with the naked eye in the night sky. Like others', this Uranus generally appears as a blue-green color. 

With binoculars or a telescope, you should more easily be able to spot it near the constellation of Pisces in the southeast sky (easy peasy, right??) Another fun fact: Uranus will be at its highest position in the sky during opposition since February of 1963.

Uranus isn't something we get to see every day, so take advantage. And trust me, I don't say that very often, either.

Pictured below: Uranus (heh-heh, heh-heh)


Eric Paulsen

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