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How bright is Uranus?

The current visual magnitude of Uranus is 5.69. Given its brightness, Uranus should be barely visible to naked eye under a clear and dark sky, easily visible with the help of a small binocular.

5.69
3.7”

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Uranus, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Uranus between January 2013 and December 2100

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