Credit: NASA/ESA/L.Sromovsky

Visit Uranus — The Blue Planet 1.8 Billion Miles From Home

Uranus, the 7th planet, reached opposition, its closest point to Earth this year, more than a month ago. A few amateur astronomers like to drop by to spy the planet’s pale blue disk — best appreciated at magnifications of 100x and up — or seek its two brightest moons, Titania and Oberon, faint pinpricks of light within…
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Tonight’s Full Hunter’s Moon — Peppered With Buckshot?

Clear skies forecast tonight?  Don’t miss the rising of the Full Hunter’s Moon around sunset in the eastern sky. Coincidentally, the planet Uranus will be at opposition or closest to the Earth today. A planet at opposition lies directly opposite the sun in the sky, rising in the east at the same time the sun goes down…
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Uranus, Earth and moon compared. Uranus has an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium with clouds of ammonia and methane. It's the methane that gives the planet its characteristic blue color. Credit: NASA

Uranus? You Betcha!

Not many people pay attention to the 7th planet. Sure, sure we have lots of fun with its name, but have you have stepped out at night to see it with your own eyes? Several nights ago under a dark sky, I could faintly see Uranus just by looking up at the right spot in…
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Uranus Preps For Tomorrow’s Hand Off To Mars

In a relay race, a baton is passed from one teammate to another during each leg of the race. Uranus can relate. It was picked up by the moon on Feb. 21, handed off to Venus on March 4th and tomorrow night will be handed off again to Mars. Before the planet crosses the finish…
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It’s Double Duo Week: Moon-Jupiter And Venus-Uranus

I looked until around 11 p.m. last night but moonlight diluted any aurora that may have out. But the predicted storm did hit between about 2 a.m. and dawn this morning. While some readers might think I stay up all night, I really did sleep through this aurora. I know at least a few of…
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