Uranus is too close to the Sun to be observed but will be emerging into the early morning twilight over the next few months. This image was taken on January 17th 1986 by the unmanned Voyager 2 space probe. Voyager 2 is the only space probe to have ever passed the planet and there are no plans to return to that distant world.
Image Courtesy NASA/JPL
21:55 UT – Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun and is at apogee. Distance to Earth: 20.999 AU. (Magnitude 5.9, diameter 3.3”. Pisces, not visible.)
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Learn more about upcoming astronomical events in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle Edition and Paperback Edition) and 2016 An Astronomical Year (North American Kindle Edition.)
The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.
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