Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tonight's Sky for March 4: Uranus Meets Venus

Want to see the planet Uranus, the first planet discovered with optical aid, but have no idea where to look? Well, you're in luck tonight (and tomorrow should it be cloudy) as the 7th planet from the Sun will be very near Venus, the brightest of all the planets. To see Uranus, you'll want medium power binoculars (about 10-12x). Binoculars in hand, center on Venus and, from there, start scanning the sky around it. The feature that gives away the planet's identity: its greenish color as there are no green stars. If you find Uranus, congratulate yourself for finding the planet that was seen but mistaken for a star (on multiple occasions) before its official discovery by William Herschel in 1781. 

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