Uranus will be visible to the naked eye tonight as it hits 'opposition' with Earth

The gas-laden planet was in orbit at its closest point to Earth last night and tonight – about 2.8 billion kilometers away

If you look up at the eastern sky tonight, just above the horizon, you can catch a glimpse of the seventh planet from the sun (

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Tonight, space enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to see Uranus, which will be visible to the naked eye as a faint star.

The gas-laden planet was in orbit at its closest point to Earth last night and tonight – about 2.8 billion kilometers away.

It is expected to reach its highest brightness for the year during this period.

As it approaches the earth, it encounters what is called “opposition,” which means that it is directly opposite the sun from the earth and reflects as much light as possible.

If you look up at the eastern sky tonight, just above the horizon, you can catch a glimpse of the seventh planet from the sun.

Finding a lookout point with as little light pollution as possible makes for a better view – although the Bonfire Night celebrations could make this difficult.

For those with a telescope or binoculars on hand, you should be able to see the planet a pale blue-green color. The independent one reported.

This is caused by the presence of methane in the atmosphere and the sunlight shining on it.

Uranus’ opposition to Earth takes place annually, meaning you can catch him on November 9th next year too
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The planet’s opposition to Earth coincides with a new moon that makes the planet appear even brighter.

Uranus is praised for being the first planet discovered in modern history.

It is the third of the gas giants and is the third largest in diameter and is unique thanks to its unusual inclination, which means that it turns on its side and creates strange seasons.

Like other gas giants, Uranus has an upper layer of hydrogen with some Hellum mixed into it. Underneath is an icy mantle that surrounds a rock and ice core.

Uranus is the third of the gas giants and has the third largest diameter
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The gaseous beast is not the only planet that will come into opposition to Earth.

Saturn is expected to be seen in place on August 14, 2022, while Jupiter is expected to reach the opposition on September 26, 2022.

For those busy with fireworks tonight, Uranus’ opposition to Earth is annual, which means you can catch them again on November 9th next year.

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