STARGAZERS get a rare opportunity to see Uranus this weekend.
The seventh planet from the Sun will appear unusually close to the Moon on Sunday, making its faint light easy to see in the night sky.
All you need is binoculars or a small telescope to identify the icy giant, located a whopping three billion kilometers from Earth.
Accordingly forbesUranus is currently visible in the constellation Aries and will be for years to come.
The best time to see it this weekend is after dark on Sunday March 6th.
The planet will also be visible on Saturday and Monday evenings, but won’t be as close to the moon, making it harder to spot.
Once you’ve picked a point, look for the moon. Uranus will be just one degree north – above – of Earth’s rocky neighbor.
In general, one degree in the night sky is about the width of a finger held in front of you.
Only on Sunday will Uranus appear this close to the Moon, with the pair setting set around 10:30 p.m. – so make sure you catch them beforehand.
Light from the Moon – which will only be about 20 percent illuminated – will likely obscure Uranus from the naked eye.
However, if you have binoculars or a small telescope, you should be able to see it relatively easily.
It will glow in the western sky just after dark, making this the best time to check it out.
It may be the “butt” of many bad jokes or puns, but Uranus is one of the most intriguing planets in our solar system.
The frigid outer world has 27 moons and gets its blue-green color from methane gas in the atmosphere.
Sunlight penetrates the atmosphere and reflects back out from the cloud tops of Uranus.
Methane gas absorbs the red portion of light, resulting in a blue-green color.
According to scientists, the seventh planet in our solar system stinks of rotten eggs.
Oxford University researchers discovered that the ice giant is surrounded by clouds of hydrogen sulfide beneath a layer of methane.
The chemical is the same that gives rotten eggs their distinctive smell.
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