Uranus Viewing, 2020

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Christopher K.
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Uranus Viewing, 2020

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Uranus's opposition in 2020 occurs during the 11am hour on 31 October. Accordingly, the Uranian Opposition viewing at HRPO will be
*Friday 30 October from 7:45pm to 9:45pm CDT. Uranus will be in the constellation Aries and will begin the session eighteen degrees above the horizon. The waxing gibbous Moon, Mars, Ceres, Pallas, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune will also be in the night sky.

The event will have no admission fee and will be for all ages.

Information for other 2020 planet viewing:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/planet_times.html

Christopher K.
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Re: Uranus Viewing, 2020

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Did you hear? Uranus is weirder than we thought. It's outrageous side-spin apparently was just the beginning. Investigation of 1986 Voyager data is still revealing secrets, including the fact that Uranus' magnetic field is wonkier than just its twisty wobble.

More information:
https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/

We'll be seeing Uranus in our morning sky beginning mid-July.

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Re: Uranus Viewing, 2020

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Uranus may be spotted by saavy binocular holders tonight, but only with a very low horizon and only if the NOAA forecast is incorrect! One might (and I mean might) spy Uranus with a 10x50 held extremely steady, about eleven degrees up in the west at 8:00pm CDT--but the viewer would have to have previous experience accomplishing such feats.

Here is the NOAA forecast for 9pm CDT...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 92%
relative humidity, 66%
temperature, 21˚C
surface wind, E 8 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time both the transparency rating and the seeing rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). This just is not the bad news you want to hear when getting ready for an evening of planet viewing. By contrast, the clouds should break just enough to get a little twilight gazing in tomorrow morning from about 6:15am to 6:45am.

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