"We, all of us, bound by this common origin, composed of elements forged in the nuclear cauldrons of long-dead stars, look up at the stars and, in humility, connect with each other, fellow travelers on this magnificent blue oasis" Author Unknown
Tonight, January 23, 2018, the planet Uranus is uniquely placed in the constellation Pisces within 6 degrees almost due north of the waxing crescent moon. Although the planet’s brightness or magnitude is at the threshold for naked-eye observation, a modest pair of binoculars is necessary to reveal the planet as a greenish-blue “star” and a telescope will be required to see the tiny greenish-blue disk.
Locating Uranus in Tonight’s Sky
A sequence of views to the south-southwest an hour after sunset tonight illustrating the waxing crescent moon in Pisces and the placement of Uranus in tonight’s sky. Note the placement of the moon and the planet, both in proximity to the ecliptic (curved, red line) as would be expected. The ecliptic represents the path of the sun as it appears to traverse the sky as the Earth moves in its yearly orbit around our home star. This path, when projected onto the sky in two dimensions, represents the “plane of the ecliptic”. Illustrations via Stellarium.
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