If you want to observe the free planet Uranus this week, look at the full moon. Jägermånen rises tonight (October…
If you want to observe the free planet Uranus this week, look at the full moon.
Jägermånen rises tonight (October 24) – in New York City it arrives at 6:30 pm. local time – and will sit at Uranus, which reached an excellent viewing venue at the opposition yesterday. This is a nice cosmic chance that makes Uranus easier, but to see Uranus in full honor, you have to wait a few days.
A planet is easier to observe when it is in opposition. Because Uranus will dive directly opposite the sun in the earth’s sky, Uranus will rise as the sun sets and will be visible all night. The gas giant planet will be above the horizon all night in most places. [The Moon: 1
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The moon will be in the constellation Cetus (Whalen) when it makes its close pass to Uranus, according to images from the app SkySafari.
This map of heaven shows where you will find Uranus when the planet is opposed to the opposition on October 23, 2018, at 8:33 pm EDT (0033 GMT October 22), seen from New York City (41 degrees latitude).
Credit: SkySafari App
And why wait a few days after the full moon to check Uranus? Well, the look from Hunter Moon makes it hard to see the planet, according to Space.com columnist Chris Vaughan from the SkySafari app. But gaze up at Uranus! This is the brightest time to see the planet, but binoculars are recommended.
This composite image, created in 2004 with the Keck Observatory Telescope’s adaptive optics, shows Uranus’s two hemispheres.
Credit: Lawrence Sromovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison / WW Keck Observatory
The seventh planet from the sun is strange. For it it rotates on its side. The earth rotates more or less like a basketball ball jumping on a Harlem Globetrotter, and Uranus spins like a bowling ball. Uranus is also much colder than Neptune, a planet far further away from the sun. Some researchers postulate that an influence of a stone twice the size of the earth caused both circumstances.