The two will be close enough to share the same field of view as seen through binoculars.
On Sunday, July 31, pay close attention to the southeastern sky in the early morning hours to observe Mars approach Uranus.
the pair will be near enough to share the same field of view when viewed through binoculars or a low-magnification telescope.
The blazing red planet Mars will begin to approach Uranus from the right (or celestial west) on Sunday, July 31,
according to astronomer Chris Vaughan of Astrogeo.ca who creates Space.com's monthly Night Sky calendar in collaboration with Simulation Curriculum.
Vaughan continued, "On Sunday, Uranus will be situated a thumb's width to the upper left of Mars.
On August 2, when Uranus is 1.5 degrees above Mars, the pair will be at their closest
The planetary "meet and greet," which will occur between 3 and 4 a.m. local time, is best observed when the couple will be approximately halfway up the darkening sky
Your precise location will determine the exact timing of the event, so you should check a skywatching app like SkySafari or software like Starry Night to find out when it will happen.
You might find our selections for the top astronomy apps useful for planning.
The reddish dot of Mars will glow brighter at magnitude 0.2 while Uranus will be seen as a blue-green dot at magnitude 5.8.
Because it is a tiny dot of light against a background of stars that are similarly bright, Uranus can be challenging to see.
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