Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tonight's Sky for September 10: Moon Meets Uranus

Want to see Uranus, seventh planet from the Sun but don't know where to look? Well, tonight's your lucky night as the Moon will be parked right by the planet. To see the show, a telescope will be needed as Uranus shines at around magnitude +6.5, which makes it hard to distinguish from a star. The key to picking out the planet: it's blue-green color (very non-star like) and, at high powers, the clearly defined planetary disc that is the total opposite of the diffuse glow seen in stars. As for directions, Uranus is within two degrees right of the Moon. 

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