Best time to see: 25 October, 00:55 BST (24 October 23:55 UT) Altitude: 48º Location: Aries Direction: South
Uranus is at opposition on 24 October. At mag. +5.7 Uranus is theoretically on the threshold of naked-eye visibility from a dark location. A full Moon joins Uranus on opposition night, 7° eastsoutheast of the planet.
Binoculars show Uranus as a star-like dot while a small telescope will reveal its green colour. A magnification of 100-150x shows Uranus as a disc. Being so distant, this planet doesn’t give up its secrets easily and it takes a large telescope or an imaging setup to stand a chance of showing any form of detail on its globe. This normally takes the form of subtle banding.
From central UK, Uranus attains an altitude of 48°, lifting it above the turbulent atmosphere close to the horizon and affording a good opportunity for a stable view. Currently, it’s close to the V-shaped trail of stars in Pisces but technically it’s in Aries.