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Uranus at solar conjunction

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Uranus will pass close to the Sun in the sky as its orbit carries it around the far side of the solar system from the Earth.

At closest approach, Uranus will appear at a separation of only 0°38' from the Sun, making it totally unobservable for several weeks while it is lost in the Sun's glare.

At around the same time, Uranus will also be at its most distant from the Earth – receding to a distance of 21.03 AU – since the two planets will lie on opposite sides of the solar system.

Over following weeks and months, Uranus will re-emerge to the west of the Sun, gradually becoming visible for ever-longer periods in the pre-dawn sky. After around six months, it will reach opposition, when it will be visible for virtually the whole night. A chart of the path of Uranus across the sky in 2014 can be found here, and a chart of its rising and setting times here.

The position of Uranus at the moment it passes solar conjunction will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
Uranus 00h46m00s 4°15'N Pisces 3.4"
Sun 00h45m +04°50' Pisces 32'00"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 02 April 2014
Sunrise
06:52
Sunset
19:36
Twilight ends
21:08
Twilight begins
05:20

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

10%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:16 12:01 17:46
Venus 04:59 10:22 15:46
Moon 08:36 15:43 22:55
Mars 20:07 01:51 07:35
Jupiter 11:50 19:15 02:40
Saturn 22:43 03:52 09:01
All times shown in EDT.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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