Venus, Mars and Uranus

If you look outside just after sundown, you will see tonight a very bright star towards the east. That’s not really a star. That’s Venus!

Venus is called our sister planet because it is very near the size of Earth and is on the inside edge of the Goldilocks zone. Scientists believe that if life exists on other planets then those planets must be within a certain Goldilocks zone from their sun.

Just above the bright light of the planet Venus, and a little bit to the left, you will see a very tiny point of light which is slightly orange in color. That’s Mars.

And just above Mars also to the left is Uranus. Of course, you can’t see Uranus with the naked eye. You need a very powerful telescope for that. But it’s there tonight and if you’ve got a telescope like the one below go have a look!

Author: Wayne Boyd

Wayne Edward Boyd was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953. He is a published author, former ISKCON sannyasi, and traveler, having lived on 3 continents and visited 37 countries. He presently lives in Amarillo, Texas working as a correctional officer and has interests in photography, political science and astronomy.

3 thoughts on “Venus, Mars and Uranus”

  1. This reminds me – now is a great time to find and see Uranus. I did it once, last summer, when it was pretty isolated and I needed my GoTo tracker to find it at 4am. But Mars offers an excellent guide. Maybe this weekend if it is not snowing. Thanks for the remainder.

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