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Uranus To Be Visible Without A Telescope Tonight

Uranus To Be Visible Without A Telescope Tonight”

Uranus comes into opposition about every year (that's every Earth year, not every Uranian year, which is about 84 times longer).

Amateur stargazing is always hit-and-miss.

Because of the light pollution from our region, you might have to head out of town to get a glimpse of the planet.

For those looking for the planet in the night sky, this should be easier to spot thanks to its bluish tint. The ice giant's blue-green color is unmistakable, and skywatchers should be able to see the planet throughout the month of October. The Earth-sandwich arrangement also means that Uranus is also as close to the Earth as it ever comes, giving your odds of spotting it a little boost.

So turn your eyes to the sky Thursday night, Hoosiers - you won't want to miss this celestial treat.

That said, this isn't going to be a huge illumination. Its magnitude, as in its brightness, is only 5.68. By comparison, the sun is magnitude -27, and a magnitude 7 is the largest possible number on the scale wherein objects in the sky are still visible.

As it's also a new moon, Uranus will be clearly on display. Uranus at more than 5 magnitude is even dimmer. But binoculars, rather than a full telescope, should suffice, NASA says.



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