Mooning Uranus

   Sunday August 31st the 17.5-day old waning gibbous Moon will again be near the outer planet Uranus. Throughout this year the Moon and Uranus have had close conjunctions due to Uranus orbiting near the plane of the ecliptic, and the Moon’s inclined orbit bringing it either above, on, or below the ecliptic.

uranus_t-shirt   Look for the waning gibbous Moon to be a few degrees away from Uranus. However with the Moon shining at nearly a -13th magnitude compared with the +5.80 magnitude of Uranus moonlight will definitely brighten the sky too much to allow Uranus to be visible.


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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