Uranus at Opposition

   Saturday October 15th the outer planet Uranus reaches a position in its orbit around the Sun when it is on the oppisite side of the Earth from the Sun. This coincidentally is known as opposition, and it is an orbital position which only the planets further from the Sun than the Earth may reach.

   At opposition the outer planet rises and sets in a fashion similar to our Moon when it is at full phase, in that the outer planet at opposition rises at sunset and sets at sunrise.

   On Saturday the near full Moon will be within a few degrees from Uranus.


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