How you can see Uranus tonight without a telescope

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2017

You read that right, Uranus will be visible to the naked eye.

It's a very good time to look at the sky, thanks to a new moon tonight that's keeping the sky dark.

"It's visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakeable", NASA wrote.


Space experts say you may be able to see the icy blue planet with the naked eye or a with a little help from binoculars.

The easiest way to find it?

According to National Geographic, the best way to see Uranus is by looking toward the southeast, where the planet will be close to the Pisces constellation.


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Scientists say the planet should be brighter than the fainter stars around it.

Beginning it's point of opposition - when the ice giant sits directly opposite of the sun - on October 18, Uranus will continue to be in plain view tonight. In perspective, if Earth was the size of a nickel, Uranus would be about as big as a softball, according to NASA.


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