The early hours of November 13th provide an ideal opportunity to see the seventh planet without a telescope, giving skywatchers the opportunity to observe Uranus as it is perfectly aligned with Earth.
Uranus is one of two ice giants and the second furthest planet from Earth. It is 2.7 billion kilometers from Earth. It is highly visible due to a phenomenon known as opposition. The Earth is located between the planet and the sun, making the planet appear brighter and more visible in the night sky.
Discovered in 1781Uranus was named after the original Greek god of the cosmos, probably by astronomers more mature than most of us. It is the only planet named after a Greek god rather than a Roman one, and it is one of the more mysterious planets in the solar system, having only been visited once by a space probe.
The planet It takes 84 Earth years to orbit the Sun and has such a strong axial tilt that it runs almost sideways in its orbit. The blue-green planet will appear in the sky between Jupiter and the Pleiades star cluster. The best time to take a look is just after midnight.
If you want to catch a glimpse of Uranus, you need a dark sky, which is helped by the new moon, which also occurs overnight. For those with binoculars or telescopes It will be easier to spot and you may even be able to catch a glimpse of it two of the planet’s 27 moonsOberon and Ariel.