Moon in Conjunction With Uranus

   Wednesday evening December 27th the 10-day old waxing gibbous Moon will be a few degrees from the ringed planet Uranus. Given the dimmer 5.7 apparent magnitude of Uranus, and the considerably brighter Moon’s -12.42 apparent magnitude Uranus will not be visible. However Uranus at this apparent magnitude, and without the interference from ‘moonlight’, would be visible with the unaided-eye, and would certainly be visible with binoculars.
   Nearby, below the Moon as it rises, is the dwarf Planet Eris, which at 18th apparent magnitude is definitely out of the visible range of all but larger telescopes.


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