Depending on the place in the world you may be Wednesday night time (Sept. 14), you might be able to see Uranus disappear. (Don’t fear; it’s going to be again once more a couple of hours later.)
On Wednesday, the sixth planet from the solar will seem to cross immediately behind Earth’s moon, going fully out of sight for 3 and a half hours. The nice disappearing act, also called the lunar occultation of Uranus, begins round 4:41 p.m. ET (2041 GMT) and ends by 8:11 p.m. ET (0011 GMT on Sept. 15), based on In-the-sky.org. However, solely viewers in Europe, northern Africa and western Asia shall be at the precise proper angle to see the phantasm work.
Viewers in these areas will nonetheless want binoculars or a telescope to see the present, as Uranus just isn’t a naked-eye planet. (Check this map, courtesy of In-the-sky.org, to see which areas may have the finest view.)
If you aren’t in a single of these locations or you do not have a telescope, do not fret; you may watch the occultation dwell from Rome due to the Virtual Telescope Project, which is able to start streaming the occasion at 4:45 p.m. ET (2045 GMT).
Occultation refers to any astronomical occasion wherein one object seems hidden behind one other. This phenomenon is barely totally different from an eclipse, which happens when one object casts its shadow immediately onto one other – reminiscent of when the moon’s shadow falls over Earth throughout a photo voltaic eclipse.
From Earth, lunar occultations are the mostly seen, as the moon looms so giant in our sky. However, the moon’s shut proximity to Earth additionally implies that its place in the sky could seem barely totally different relying on which half of the planet you are watching from. As such, all lunar occultations are seen solely to slender swaths of the world that occur to have the precise proper viewing angle.
Fortunately, these occasions are frequent, so one other lunar disappearing act is all the time simply round the nook. The final lunar occultation of Uranus that was seen from the United States and Canada occurred simply final month, on Aug. 18, Live Science’s sister web site Space.com reported. Uranus emerged triumphant on that night time, and it certainly will tomorrow, as effectively.
Originally revealed on Live Science.