How to spot an unusually bright Uranus in the night sky tomorrow

How to spot an unusually bright Uranus in the night sky tomorrow

On Oct. 19, the plant will be directly opposite the sun, bringing it closer to earth and making it brighter than usual.

Putting all Uranus jokes aside, the gas planet could be visible to the naked eye Thursday night, NASA reports.

Luckily, skies are expected to be clear tonight, so you should be able to see Uranus with the naked eye. When Uranus is in opposition, the two hands point in the same direction, as if it were noon.

"Its blue-green color is unmistakable", NASA said in a blog post.

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Uranus comes into opposition about every year (that's every Earth year, not every Uranian year, which is about 84 times longer).

In addition to Uranus, both Mars and Venus will be visible tonight in the pre-dawn sky.

Where to see it: Look in the area of the V-shaped Pisces constellation high in the southeast sky all night, according to National Geographic. For years, it was thought to be a distant star or a comet by its discoverer Sir William Herschel, before the orbital motions of Uranus exposed it as a planet. October 28 is International Observe the Moon Night, and astronomy clubs across the world will be holding viewing parties focusing in on our natural satellite.

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