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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Planetary Traffic Jam Lookback / Speedy Comet Update

Wow, we had quite a weekend. The moon visited every evening sky planet while Venus and Mars squeezed together for their closest approach of the year. We’ve already looked at the “triple play” conjunction that occurred Friday. I thought it would be fun to look at the other alignments that have made the past few nights…
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Moon Meets Uranus Next / Oddball Comet Update

We were  hopelessly cloudy for last night’s conjunction. You were luckier I hope. Don’t forget, tonight’s thicker crescent passes very close to the planet Uranus, occulting it from the far northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. Venus and Mars will also be in conjunction today and a smidge closer that they were yesterday evening. For the Central Time…
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