How to see Uranus in the night sky

(without a telescope) this week

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft captured this image of the planet Uranus on Dec. 18, 1986. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Just how many planets are visible without a telescope?

Not including our own planet, most people will answer “five” (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn).

Those are the five brightest planets,

But in reality, there is a sixth planet that can be glimpsed without the aid of either a telescope or binoculars.

That sixth planet is the planet Uranus.

This week will be a fine time to try and seek it out,

Especially since it is now favorably placed for viewing in our late-evening sky and the bright moon is out of the way. 


This sky map shows where Uranus will be located around midnight on Sept. 13-14, as seen from New York City.

Look for it in the constellation of Aries, the ram. 

Of course, you’ll have to know exactly where to look for it.

Astronomers measure the brightness of objects in the night sky as magnitude.

Smaller numbers indicate brighter objects, with negative numbers denoting exceptionally bright objects.

But Uranus is currently shining at magnitude +5.7, relatively dim on the scale;

Barely visible by a keen naked eye on very dark, clear nights.

It is currently located within the constellation of Aries, the Ram,

About a dozen degrees to the east (left) of the brilliant planet Mars.

It’s already one-third up from the eastern horizon by 11:30 p.m.

local daylight time and will reach its highest point — more than two thirds up from the southern horizon — just before 4 a.m.

It is best to study the accompanying chart first, then scan that region with binoculars.

Using a magnification of 150-power with a telescope of at least three-inch aperture,

you should be able to resolve it into a tiny, blue-green featureless disk.

An icy, cold world

This week Uranus is about 1.771 billion miles (2.851 billion kilometers) from Earth (only Neptune is farther away).

It takes 84.4 years to orbit the sun.

The planet has a diameter of about 31,518 miles (50,724 km), making it the third-largest planet,

And according to flyby magnetic data from Voyager 2 in 1986, has a rotation period of 17.23 hours.

At last count, Uranus has 27 moons,

All in orbits lying in the planet’s equator in which there is also a complex of nine narrow, nearly opaque rings, which were discovered in 1978.

Uranus likely has an icy, rocky core,

Surrounded by a liquid mantle of water, methane and ammonia, encased in an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

In fact, Uranus has the coldest atmosphere of any planet in the solar system,

With a minimum temperature of -371 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 224 degrees Celsius).




The Quirky Fudge Factory And General Store In Nevada That Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

Everybody knows that grandmothers make the absolute tastiest fudge,

So it’s no wonder the best fudge in the state is found at Grandma’s Fudge Factory.

This quirky store is bound to bring back memories and relieve you of your sugar cravings.


Boasting homemade fudge which you can see being created in front of your very eyes, this fudge shop is heaven on earth for any chocolate lover.

Make it a mission to visit this place for yourself and experience the joys of childhood once again.

Grandma’s Fudge Factory is the highlight of many people’s visit to historic Virginia City.

This delightful sweets shop is bound to throw you back to a simpler time and it’s so worth a visit.

Any chocolate lover will find themselves in heaven as they peruse the treasures that this fudge shop contains.

As you walk in, you’ll be greeted by aisles upon aisles of different kinds of fudge.

This lovely shop first opened its doors in 1971, which means that this place has been satiating sugar cravings for decades!

A lot of time has passed since it first opened, but their master candy makers still take pride in making fudge the old-fashioned way,

By hand and in-store.

The factory is located right in the center of town on C Street. It’s surrounded by old-timey saloons and one-of-a-kind shops.

Many people stumble into the shop by chance only to find themselves absolutely in love,

With the charming atmosphere and sweet aroma of chocolate in the air.

If you’re lucky, you may just see the fudge being made before your very eyes.


Cooked in large copper pots, it is paddled by hand while warm and then poured onto a temperature-controlled table to be paddled to perfection.

On top of selling the best fudge in the state of Nevada, the factory also boasts a myriad of other amazing products including bark,

caramel, brittle, toffee, and other mouthwatering goodies.

You won’t be able to resist stopping at the Ice Cream bar to pick up a cone of delicious homemade ice cream.

This place definitely knows their sweets and it shows in the flavor of every bite.

It’s not very often you come across quirky, old-fashioned candy shops like this one anymore.

However, there’s something undeniably delightful about the magical feeling that comes with perusing a fudge factory like this one.

Satisfy your inner child and plan a visit soon!


Grandma’s Fudge Factory can be found at 20 North C Street Virginia City, Nevada