An illustration of the night sky on Wednesday (Nov. 9) showing Uranus at opposition.

Spot opposition Uranus in the night sky on Wednesday (November 9)

On Wednesday (November 9), Uranus will move opposite the sun in an astronomical arrangement called “opposition.” A distant ice giant and the seventh planet from our sun, Uranus will be visible most of the night and peak around midnight.

For skywatchers in New York, Uranus in opposition will begin at 6:33 p.m. EST (23:33 GMT) according to In the sky (opens in a new tab), when the ice giant will appear 21 degrees above the eastern horizon in the constellation Aries. (Remember: your fist at arm’s length is about 10 degrees.)


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