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Friday, September 17, 2010

By Jupiter!

Two moons! OMG! Not for the next 200 years!

OK, not really. But Jupiter is making it's closest pass to us in almost 50 years. So go look at it over the next week or two.

The best part?
There's more to see in the heavens right now than just Jupiter. The giant planet is lined up almost perfectly with Uranus at the moment.

Uranus is five times farther away and almost 3,000 times dimmer than Jupiter, so it's invisible to the unaided eye. But binoculars or a telescope — as well as access to a detailed chart — will show Uranus less than 1 degree from Jupiter now through Sept. 24, Sky and Telescope said. (A fist held at arm's length covers about 10 degrees of the sky.)

So, when someone asks if that's Uranus? You can say, why yes, yes it is.



  • I've seen Uranus plenty of times.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:42 PM  

  • Did you need binoculars?

    By Blogger Barry, at 4:52 PM  

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