BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun will be at opposition this week, and as pointed out by astronomers, it will be visible almost with the naked eye on October 19.
The planet should be visible for most of the night, and it can be located by looking for the Pisces constellation. According to NASA, its bluish-green tint should make it even easier to spot, and its light makes it clearly visible for binoculars.
Seeing the Planet with the Naked Eye, Made Possible by Two Astral Events
Uranus will be especially visible and easy to spot these days mainly thanks to there being two concomitant astral events. Besides the fact that the planet will be at opposition, there is also a new moon on the way.
As the moon is in this transition phase, the night sky will be darker than if there would have been a half moon, and can’t even be compared with full moon periods.
Nonetheless, the fact that Uranus is at opposition is the crucial factor. Basically, this means that the planet has reached opposition in its orbit and is in direct opposition to the Sun. The Earth, which is right in the middle of this, will have one of its best views at the seventh planet thanks to it. This alignment also means that the two planets and the Sun will be making a perfect line.
Uranus was calculated to orbit the Sun in 84 Earth years. As opposed to all other planets, it was also determined to rotate in direct opposition, and these are just some of its odd features.
For those looking for the planet in the night sky, this should be easier to spot thanks to its bluish tint. From Earth, Uranus will rise around sunset from the east and will set at sunrise, in the west, after being visible all night.
Visibility conditions and best viewing hours will vary according to location and the cloud coverage.
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