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Look Up: You May Be Able to Spot Uranus With Your Naked Eye Tonight

"It's visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakable"

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    Look Up: You May Be Able to Spot Uranus With Your Naked Eye Tonight
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    Uranus, the planet about 1.7 billion miles away from earth, may be visible to the naked eye on Thursday night, according to NASA.

    The seventh planet from the sun will make its debut during a waning moon. The moon's shape will cause a darker-than-usual sky and help with the visibility of the planet.

    When comparing the size of Uranus to Earth, NASA says that Uranus is four times wider. If Earth was the size of a nickel, Uranus would be about as big as a softball.

    "It's visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakable," said a NASA statement. "It may be bright enough to see with your naked eye -- and for sure in binoculars"

    According to NASA, the ice giant was the first planet discovered with the help of a telescope in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel.

    You won't need a telescope to see the cold and windy planet in the night sky on Thursday, but you may need a pair of binoculars.

    Astronomers said when searching for the planet look for it within the Pisces constellation.

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