how to spot uranus

Uranus is a pretty awe-inspiring sight. It's big, pale, and packed with gas, but we rarely get a chance to actually see it without the use of pricey instruments. Tonight is another story, and thanks to the planet's positioning in relation to our Sun, everyone should be able to get a pretty clear glimpse of it... if that's something you're into.

Tonight, as the calendar flips from October 18th to the 19th, Uranus will be in opposition to the Sun, meaning that it'll be on the opposite side of the Earth in relation to our star. That positioning will bathe Uranus in light, and it should be just enough to make the distant planet visible to the naked eye.

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