Seeing Uranus in November

The Cosmic Companion
Nov 6 · 4 min read

Seeing Uranus in November offers amateur astronomers a chance to view this planet as it reaches its brightest.

The planet Uranus has, so far, only been explored by a single spacecraft — Voyager 2 — which passed that world on 24 January, 1986. Amateur astronomers get their own best chance at seeing Uranus in November. Image credit: The Cosmic Companion / Created with Universe Sandbox

Five planets were known to ancient people — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn danced in the night sky against the backdrop of “stationary” stars. (Naturally, knowledge of Earth was fairly widespread, but it took the Copernican Revolution to fully cement the notion in most people’s heads that Earth is…