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Star Tours

October 12, 2000

The planet Uranus is easy to find this month--if you have binoculars or a small telescope--because it lies near a fairly bright star which can guide you to it. Capricornus is in the southwest after dark. Uranus is 1 degree to the right of the star Iota Capricorni, and it is one-fourth as bright as the star. Uranus is 1.78 billion miles from Earth, and the star is 100,000 times as far as Uranus.

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Source: John Mosley, Griffith Observatory

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