SACRAMENTO (CBS Local) – All jokes aside, tonight is the night if you want to see Uranus.

On Oct. 19, Uranus will be directly opposite the sun, bringing it closer to earth and making it brighter than usual.

Space experts say you may be able to see the icy blue planet with the naked eye or a with a little help from binoculars.

NASA says Uranus should be visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakable.

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Uranus. (Photo By BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images)

Where should you look to find Uranus?

The experts say start in the southeast sky within the constellation Pisces, the fish. “Scan the constellation carefully, and look for a tiny blue-green disk to pop out against the background of fainter stars,” National Geographic Magazine suggests.

Heres’s an image illustrating Uranus’ location in relation to the constellation.

Because of the light pollution from our region, you might have to head out of town to get a glimpse of the planet.

  1. All joking aside, and there are a lot of funny ones in this thread, the idea that you can see Uranus naked eye, or even with binoculars is totally false. As an astronomer I see post like this as a disservice to the science and the public.

    Astronomers using telescopes with 8″ or greater mirrors have great difficulty finding and identifying Pluto, Uranus, and Neptune. These are extremely faint, tiny objects for telescopes and you generally need goto assist to find these objects, on a steady mount, that allows for tracking and pointing with RA/DEC setting circles.

    Currently even at opposition Uranus is only 3.8 arc seconds in width. Saturn which is easily viewed through binoculars is 18.4 arc seconds in width, though you would be hard pressed to actually see ring definition with Binoculars.

    If you were unfortunate enough to follow the advice of the person that published this post, you have my sympathy for having drove to a dark sky location to see nothing at all with the naked eye as Uranus is currently a Mag 5.8 brightness and is to dim to see naked eye.

    With the binoculars you might see it, if you could hold them steady enough, which you can’t. You would need a device to hold them, and even with that, good luck finding them with anything less than 3″ objectives.

    Bottom line: When it comes to astronomical notices be very careful listening to anything these guys publish here. They don’t check their sources, and they don’t possess any journalistic integrity.

    Now back to the jokes. At least those have merit.

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