A Hot Seat, or Uranus at Solar Conjunction

   Wednesday, 2 April, the outer planet Uranus is officially on the opposite side of the Sun, or at solar conjunction. At solar conjunction the Earth and the planet on the opposite side pf the Sun are also at what is called heliocentric opposition – that is the two planets are approximately 180 degrees apart using the heliocentric longitudes. Earth: 192o – Uranus: 12o.
   On the opposite side of the Sun an inner planet is said to be at superior conjunction, while an outer planet, Mars outward, is at solar conjunction.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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