Sky watchers, you’ll be able to spot our seventh planet this week without a telescope — as long as you know where to look, of course.
Uranus will be visible between 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. within the constellation Aries and left of Mars, according to Space.com. It will appear as a “tiny, blue-green featureless disk.”
The planet will be just barely visible to the naked eye, as it will still be relatively dim compared to everything else up there. But we’re coming up on the new moon on Sept. 17, which means Uranus won’t have to compete with moonlight.
Uranus is currently about 1.77 billion miles away from Earth. While it will be visible with the naked eye, binoculars will be even more helpful. Space.com recommends looking at a star chart first before attempting to find the planet.
Get yourself to a dark spot and focus; Uranus will only be visible for a few days.
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