Uranus Sees Red

click on graphic to see it full size   Wednesday March 11th the planets Mars and Uranus will be in a close planetary conjunction when the separation between the two shrinks to 0.27o. Using a 25mm eyepiece in an 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope the two planets resolve nicely into two distinct disks. Mars currently has an apparent magnitude of 1.31 compared to the much dimmer Uranus with its apparent magnitude of 5.91.

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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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