No Need for a Telescope to See Uranus on The Night Sky

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It seems to be mutual love between the Universe and us. We love the stars and other cosmic objects that unveil themselves on the night sky, and they’re often waving back at us. It happens with Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and not to mention the beautiful Moon that illuminates the night sky itself.

However, not everybody knows that even Uranus can be admired with the naked eye as it’s dancing on the night sky. The seventh planet from the Sun that has its name from the god of the sky from the Greek Mythology is a little shyer, but it can be spotted on the current week if you’re up for it.

Located in the constellation of Aries, the Ram

Uranus is shining at magnitude +5.7, which means that it’s a relatively dim object to the naked eye. The planet is located within the constellation of Aries, the Ram, more precisely about a dozen degrees to the left side of our neighboring planet Mars.

Uranus is perhaps the most peculiar planet from our Solar System, as it has features like discs surrounding it, the planet itself is tilted at 98 degrees, it revolves around the Sun in a totally different way and plane than the other planets, and so on. Last but not least, Uranus has a total of 27 discovered moons orbiting the planet, which is a huge number comparing with the fact that Earth has only one natural satellite: the Moon. However, other planets from the Solar System also have a large number of moons: Saturn is the champion with 82 such objects revolving around it, Jupiter has 79, Neptune has 14 moons, and so on.

Uranus has a diameter of 50,724 km, which is about four times bigger than Earth. Uranus is so far away from the Sun that it takes over 84 years for a single full rotation around the star.

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Cristian Antonescu

About the Author: Cristian Antonescu

With a strong passion for astronomy since he was little and hundreds of articles written about this field, Cristian is a reliable writer who keeps the website up-to-date with news about the wonders of the Universe.

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