|Uranus February, 2018 ⬅︎|
| Uranus is the farthest planet that can be viewed naked-eye but being so far from the sun, it appears more like a star than a planet. And its motion from month to month is hardly detectable. It wasn't until 1781 that people even realized that it was a planet.
With an orbital period of 84 years, Uranus takes about seven years to move from one constellation of the zodiac to the next. It will be in Pisces until 2019 and then Aires until 2025. Once you know where to look, it will be easier to find the next time.
Unless you are at a very dark location, optical aid will be needed to view Uranus. In binoculars, it will appear star-like. In a telescope it will appear as a small blue-green orb. No features or moons will be visible. But to see this distant world is special.
|Viewing Uranus in February, 2018|
|Level||Challenging||Rating||Best Viewing||Early February, in evening|
|Find||Uranus will be setting earlier each night this month. So the best viewing is in early February. Look in Pisces in the evening. To find it, use a star chart or a GOTO telescope.
|Although Uranus may be viewed in binoculars from a dark site, a telescope is more likely to reveal it. Look for a blue-green orb.|
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