Monday October 28th the outer planet Uranus reaches a position in its orbit around the Sun when it is on the opposite 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 the date of the opposition Uranus will be over the eastern horizon after sunset and currently with an apparent magnitude of between 5 an 6 Uranus may be visible with binoculars and certainly with a telescope.
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