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Want to see Uranus? A full moon lights the way



If you want to watch the cold planet Uranus this week, look for the full moon.

The Hunter's Moon will be up this evening (October 24) – in New York City at 6:30 pm. Local time – and will sit with Uranus, who yesterday reached a first-class vantage point from the opposition. This is a beautiful cosmic coincidence that makes it easier to find Uranus, but to see Uranus in all its glory, you have to wait a few days.

A planet is easier to observe when in opposition. Since Uranus will appear directly opposite the sun in the earth's sky, Uranus will rise as the sun goes down and will be visible all night. The gas giant planet will be over the horizon in most places throughout the night. [The Moon: 1

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The Moon will be in the constellation Cetus (the whale) as it flies past Uranus, following the images from the SkySafari app.

  This sky map shows where Uranus can be found when the planet is in opposition on October 23, 2018, at 8:33 pm EDT (0033 GMT on October 22), as seen from New York City (41 ° northern latitude)

This sky map shows where Uranus can be found if the planet is at opposition on October 23, 2018 at 8:33 am EDT (0033 GMT on October 22), as seen from New York City ( 41 degrees north latitude)

Credit: SkySafari App

And why are you waiting for Uranus a few days after the full moon? Well, the hunter's view of the moon will make it hard to see the planet, says Space.com columnist Chris Vaughan of the SkySafari app. But look at Uranus! This is the brightest time to look at the planet, but binoculars are recommended.

  This composite image, created in 2004 with the adaptive optics of the Keck Observatory, shows the two hemispheres of Uranus.

This composite image was taken in 2004 with Keck Observatory telescope adaptive optics, showing Uranus two hemispheres

Credit: Lawrence Sromovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison / WW Keck Observatory

The seventh planet of the sun is peculiar. For one, it turns on the side. The earth turns more or less like a basketball turning on the finger of a Harlem Globetrotter, and Uranus turns like a bowling ball. Uranus is also colder than Neptune, a planet much further from the Sun. Some scientists postulate that a collision of a rock twice as large caused both circumstances

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