The moon makes for a handy guide to locate Uranus in the night sky tonight (Jan. 19).
To see Uranus beside the moon, look high in the eastern sky at sunset. Uranus will appear as a blue-green orb, found to the moon's lower right (or celestial south-southwest). Binoculars with high magnification should be able to resolve it, but a telescope will make it much easier.
Uranus will be fairly dim at magnitude 5.7, while the moon will be quite bright and impossible to miss, shining at magnitude -10.94. (Negative numbers indicate particularly bright objects in the night sky.)
The brightness of the moon means Uranus will be easier to see if you hide the moon just beyond the upper edge of your binoculars' field of view, or if you use a telescope for an up-close look. While you're gazing up there, find the medium-bright star Botein (Delta Arietis), which will appear between the moon and Uranus. It can also be used to help guide you to Uranus when the moon isn't nearby as it will be tonight.
The moon and Uranus will appear in the Taurus constellation, which contains the skywatching favorite M45, the Pleiades star cluster. Nearby will also be Jupiter, which will be in between the aquatic constellations of Cetus, the Whale, and Pisces, the Fishes.
If you're hoping to catch a close-up look at the moon, Uranus or anything in the night sky, be sure to read our guides on the best telescopes and best binoculars to help you find the optics that suit your needs and budget.
And if you want to take your own photos of the moon, Uranus or any other amazing sights in the night sky, check out our guides on how to photograph the moon and how to photograph the planets, as well as our breakdowns of the best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.
Editor's Note: If you snap an image of the moon beside Uranus and would like to share it with Space.com’s readers, send your photo(s), comments, and your name and location to email@example.com.
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