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 Uranus finder chart for the period from February 2011 to April 2012 (Copyright Martin J Powell, 2011)

 

Path of Uranus, in South-western Pisces, marked on the first day of each month for the period from February 2011 to April 2012. Periods when the planet was too close to the Sun to be visible are indicated by a dashed line. Uranus was best found from the Circlet of Pisces, via its South-eastern star Greek lower-case letter 'lambda' Psc (Lambda Piscium, magnitude +4.5) and 'star-hopping' one's way Eastwards towards the planet (e.g. from Greek lower-case letter 'lambda' Psc to 21 Psc to XZ Psc, etc.). Ideally, searches for Uranus should be carried out on Moonless nights, i.e. in the two-week period centred on the New Moon in any given month.

Much of the star field in the chart is easily contained within a binocular field of view (which typically ranges from 5 to 9). Stars are shown down to magnitude +8.5. Right Ascension and Declination co-ordinates are marked around the border, for cross-referencing in a star atlas. A Southern hemisphere view can be found here. Printer-friendly (greyscale) versions of the chart are available for Northern and Southern hemisphere views.

Uranus reached opposition to the Sun on the night of September 25th/26th 2011, when it shone at magnitude +5.7 and measured 3".7 (3.7 arcseconds) in diameter. The planet was then 19.078 Astronomical Units (2,854 million kms or 1,773 million statute miles) from the Earth.

Click here to see a 'clean' star map of the area (i.e. without planet path); a printable version can be found here.

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Copyright  Martin J Powell  March 2011; modified April 2012


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