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Enchanted Learning® Photoblog      Posted October 19, 2013   3:01 am

Uranus Two Weeks after Opposition
Uranus Two Weeks after Opposition

The Earth passed its closest approach to Uranus for 2013 about two weeks ago. In this photo, the blue-green planet is about 19.075 AU (astronomical units) away from us—a little over 1 ¾ billion miles.

Right now Uranus happens to be in a relatively dark part of the sky, in the constellation Pisces; it appears brighter than any of the nearby stars. The brightest of those stars is the orange giant HD 3457, below and to the left of Uranus in the photo.

18 October 2013 3:04 UTC

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Date taken: October 18, 2013
Place taken: Mercer Island, WA, USA
Mitchell Spector
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