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Lesson Tag: Planet

Finding Planet Neptune

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size Neptune Planet 23h 22m 15s -05° 16′ 41″ Aquarius +7.8 2.4 arcseconds Data is accurate for moment of opposition on September 11. See daily position data for Neptune in this month’s guide to the planets. Overview Neptune is the most distant planet in the solar system. When …

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Finding Planet Uranus at Opposition

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size Uranus Planet 02h 24m 42s +13° 51′ 15″ Aries +5.7 3.8 arcseconds Data is accurate for moment of opposition on October 31. See daily position data for Neptune in this month’s guide to the planets. Overview Uranus is the last planet of 2020 to reach opposition. While this …

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Seeing Saturn at Opposition

Target Type R. A. (at opposition) Dec. (at opposition) Constellation Magnitude Size Saturn Planet 20h 03m 15s -20° 39′ 29″ Sagittarius +0.1 18.5 arcseconds Overview Jupiter might be the biggest planet but, at the telescope, I find Saturn to be the most captivating. On the 20th of this month, Saturn reaches opposition. Opposition marks the …

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Seeing Mars at opposition

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size Mars Planet 01h 21m 13s +05° 19′ 37″ Pisces -2.6 22.3 arcseconds Data is accurate for moment of opposition on October 13. See daily position data for Mars in this month’s guide to the planets. Overview Mars is perhaps the most well-known planet in the solar system. …

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Seeing Jupiter at Opposition

Target Type R. A. (at opposition) Dec. (at opposition) Constellation Magnitude Size Jupiter Planet 19h 36m 44s -21° 54′ 33″ Capricornus -2.8 47.6 arcseconds Overview The mighty planet Jupiter, the biggest by some margin in our solar system, reaches opposition on July 14th. Opposition marks the moment when the planet is opposite the sun from …

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Seeing the Crescent of Venus

Target Type R. A. (15th May) Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size Venus Planet 05h 21m 49s +27° 13′ 48″ Taurus -4.5 to -3.9 38.9′ to 57.4′ Venus reaches a climax this month as it prepares to leave our evening skies following its inferior conjunction with the sun on 03rd June, ending several months of good viewing. …

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Seeing Mercury at Greatest Elongation

Mercury Statistics Target Type Right Ascension* Declination* Constellation Magnitude Size Mercury Planet 22h 43m 03s -07° 20′ 24″ Aquarius -0.5 7.1 arcseconds *At moment of greatest elongation on Feb 10th. See ‘planets’ section for daily guides to the planet’s position. Where to Find Mercury Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and moves around …

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