Uranus Will Be Visible To Everyone In Britain This Evening
Good news for stargazers and fans of innuendo everywhere, tonight a relatively rare celestial event is going to occur. Uranus is going to be visible to everyone in the UK.
Oh, come on guys, we're better than that, surely.
Nah, we all know that's not true.
If you want to catch a decent glimpse of Uranus, tonight is by far and away your best shot. It's going to be right there for everyone to see.
The distant planet will be easily locatable with the naked eye, but even better if you've got a pair of binoculars or a telescope. If you have a quick glance to the left-hand side of the moon you should be able to make it out pretty clearly.
This is because the seventh farthest planet from the sun is at the closest point of its orbit to Earth just now. That's still pretty far away, but then everything is space is, isn't it?
The moon will play a part in making Uranus easier to spot as well. We've just had the full moon - that's why everyone has been acting weird - and as it wanes it will still be casting a heck of a lot of light into the sky. That's good news for anyone who is trying to observe celestial objects.
At this time of year is the best time for spotting Uranus because it is working in opposition to the sun. Basically, when one of them goes down, the other one goes up.
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Uranus is quite literally where the sun doesn't shine at this time of year. That means that it will be visible for most of the night.
From a serious astronomical perspective, you can see Uranus to the south west of the constellation Aries, not too far from Pisces. If you catch a pale blue dot, you're looking at Uranus.
Seriously, this doesn't get old.
As a planet, it is actually quite interesting in a lot of ways. As well as being ridiculously cold - colder than Neptune, which is actually further away from the sun - it also revolves around on the side rather than on an axis, like our boring old planet Earth.
Anyway, for you amateur stargazers out there, if you plan on getting a full view of Uranus tonight, it's going to be chilly, so wrap up warm. It's best to get out of the city too, the light pollution will stop you getting a decent view of it.
What better to do on a Friday night than closely inspect Uranus.
That's the last one, honest.
Featured Image Credit: PA
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