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Sky Watch: Uranus at Opposition

Today, Uranus is at opposition to the Sun. If you’ve read any of the other blogs about planets being at opposition this year, you know this means that Uranus is the closest to Earth and the brightest it will be in the night sky for 2019. Fun Fact: After spending almost nine years positioned in the constellation of Pisces, the Fishes, Uranus entered Aries, the Ram, in April of 2018. The planet retrograded back into Pisces for a stint that year, before moving into Aries again in February of this year. On average, Uranus reaches opposition to the Sun every 370 days (called its synodic period), and about four days later in each successive year. It orbits much farther out...

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Sky Watch: Meteor Showers

October’s Draconids meteor shower, named after the constellation Draco, is peaking tonight and tomorrow night in the Northern Hemisphere, despite the luminous waxing gibbous shining brightly in the dark sky. Also unofficially referred to as the Giacobinids, this shower’s parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. Image Credit: N.A.Sharp/NOAO/AURA/NSF This comet has an orbital period of about 6.6 years. It’s approximately six times more distant at its farthest point from the Sun than at its nearest point. At aphelion, its most distant point, it can be found flying around out past Jupiter. At perihelion, its closest point to the Sun, it’s about the same distance as the Earth is from the Sun. Fun Fact: The next perihelion is scheduled for...

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