Uranus is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Uranus is 02h 32m 32s and the Declination is +14° 30’ 02” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Uranus is 5.76 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Uranus [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- Uranus is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 40° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, Uranus is barely visible to naked eye under a clear and dark sky, easily visible with the help of a small binocular.
- See also Uranus rise and set times.
- Go to interactive sky chart
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Additional information about Uranus available on TheSkyLive:
Uranus Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Uranus finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Uranus is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Uranus?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Uranus in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Uranus Distance from Earth
The distance of Uranus from Earth is currently 2,924,699,443 kilometers, equivalent to 19.550408 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 42 minutes and 35.7472 seconds to travel from Uranus and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Uranus from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Uranus from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Uranus to Earth
Between January 1900 and January 2100 the closest approach of Uranus to Earth happens on Wed Mar 15 2051 at a distance of 17.28989022 Astronomical Units, or 2,586,530,766 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
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.
Uranus rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Uranus touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Uranus Physical Data
The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Uranus. Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Physical Parameter||Value||Relative to Earth|
|Mass||86.8103 x 1024 kg||14.5358|
|Escape Velocity||21.38 km/s||1.9106|
|Sideral Rotation||-17.2399 hours||-0.7203|
Uranus 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Uranus computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Uranus in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|Date||Right AscensionR.A.||DeclinationDec.||MagnitudeMag||Apparent DiameterDiameter||Constellation|
|2020 Aug 08||02h 32m 27s||+14° 29’ 44”||5.77||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 09||02h 32m 29s||+14° 29’ 49”||5.77||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 10||02h 32m 30s||+14° 29’ 53”||5.77||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 11||02h 32m 30s||+14° 29’ 57”||5.76||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 12||02h 32m 31s||+14° 30’ 01”||5.76||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 13||02h 32m 32s||+14° 30’ 02”||5.76||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 14||02h 32m 32s||+14° 30’ 02”||5.76||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 15||02h 32m 32s||+14° 30’ 02”||5.76||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 16||02h 32m 32s||+14° 30’ 02”||5.75||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 17||02h 32m 32s||+14° 30’ 00”||5.75||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 18||02h 32m 32s||+14° 29’ 57”||5.75||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 19||02h 32m 31s||+14° 29’ 53”||5.75||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 20||02h 32m 30s||+14° 29’ 48”||5.75||3.6”||Aries|
|2020 Aug 21||02h 32m 30s||+14° 29’ 44”||5.75||3.6”||Aries|