Miss The Evening Planets? Cheer Up With A Visit To Uranus

Planets are scarce these nights. Look around the late fall sky and you won’t find a single one. At least not without optical aid. Only Uranus and Neptune swim among the evening stars. Venus, Saturn and Mercury are currently too close to the sun and swamped in its glare, and Jupiter and Mars shine low…
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Venus And Uranus Go Bump In The Dawn

Tomorrow morning, you can see see the hottest planet in the solar system pair up in conjunction with the coldest. That would be Venus, with a surface temperature of 864°F (462°C), and remote Uranus with cloud tops chillin’ at –357°F (–216°C). Venus is the most brilliant planet and easy to spot if you have a clear view to…
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Astronomers Spot Intense Auroras On Uranus

One of our favorite topics here is the northern lights. Although auroras are uncommon in middle northern latitudes, you can always take a plane or train up to Churchill on Hudson Bay and see them nearly every night of the year. If you could get in a rocket ship and launch for Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,…
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Crescent Moon Comeback / See Tonight’s Mars-Uranus Duet In Binoculars

Annular solar eclipse as viewed from Coyhaique, Chile Let’s start today with time lapse video of Sunday’s “ring of fire” solar eclipse. It mixes images of sun in eclipse with the human scene. Notice that even at maximum eclipse — when most of the sun was covered — it was still “sunny” outside. It’s hard to…
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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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