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Uranus finder chart for 2016 (Copyright Martin J Powell, 2015)

 

Path of Uranus in South-eastern Pisces during the year 2016, marked on the first day of each month (a Southern hemisphere view can be found here). Periods when the planet was too close to the Sun to be observable are indicated by a dashed line. 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.

Uranus reached opposition to the Sun on October 15th 2016 (indicated on the chart by the symbol Opposition symbol) when it shone at magnitude +5.7 and measured 3".7 (3.7 arcseconds) in diameter. The planet was then 18.951 Astronomical Units (2,835 million kms or 1,761 million statute miles) from the Earth.

Much of the star field in the chart should be 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. Printer-friendly (greyscale) versions of the chart are available for Northern and Southern hemisphere views.

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  2016


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