The scene this evening at dusk with the lunar crescent, Mars and Uranus. Stellarium
I have a friend I know I’ll be hearing from once he reads that title. For him and others who enjoy poking fun at the solar system’s seventh planet, here’s a selection of Uranus jokes. Now for some great news. If you’d like to see Uranus this week, Mars will get you there. The Red Planet is approaching the “other blue planet” and will skim less than 1° north of it when the two are in conjunction on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The circle is a little more than 5° across — about the field of view in a pair of binoculars. Mars slides between the stars Omicron (left) and Pi Piscium as it moves toward and then past Uranus over the coming 7 nights. This view shows the orientation of the sky the way you see it facing southwest toward Mars. Stellarium with additions by the author
But don’t wait that long. Tonight, they’ll be just shy of 3° apart and easily fit in the field of view of any pair of binoculars. Then over the next few nights you can watch Mars approach the more ...