See Uranus with your naked eye in Indiana Thursday night

See Uranus with your naked eye in Indiana Thursday night

See Uranus with your naked eye in Indiana Thursday night

On Oct. 19, the plant will be directly opposite the sun, bringing it closer to earth and making it brighter than usual. A waning moon, and the resulting darker sky, should help.

So turn your eyes to the sky Thursday night, Hoosiers - you won't want to miss this celestial treat.

If you missed Uranus last night, don't worry, social media has you covered.


Uranus will be a relative stone's throw from Earth at just 1,757,794,316 miles - or 18.91 astronomical units - away, meaning it will be 18.91 times further from us than we are from the Sun.

Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun and one of the least-studied in our solar system, is now visible to the naked eye. That will mean a stunning view of the Orionid meteor shower this weekend, but it will also offer stargazers an excellent view of the planet Uranus. Much of what we know about Uranus now comes from the Voyager 2 spacecraft, the only one we've ever sent to visit it in a visit that was shorter than an American workday.

Scientists say the planet should be brighter than the fainter stars around it. Because of its closeness, as well as because of the light that the sun will reflect onto the planet, Uranus will be even clearer when viewed from a telescope or even a pair of binoculars.

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