Uranus is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Uranus is 02h 26m 05s and the Declination is +13° 58’ 07” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Uranus is 5.66 (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 East-South-East direction at an altitude of 32° 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 2,812,193,526 kilometers, equivalent to 18.798353 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 hours, 36 minutes and 20.4679 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 17.289890 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 Oct 15||02h 27m 19s||+14° 04’ 05”||5.67||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 16||02h 27m 10s||+14° 03’ 20”||5.67||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 17||02h 27m 01s||+14° 02’ 35”||5.67||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 18||02h 26m 50s||+14° 01’ 50”||5.67||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 19||02h 26m 41s||+14° 01’ 05”||5.67||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 20||02h 26m 32s||+14° 00’ 19”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 21||02h 26m 22s||+13° 59’ 32”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 22||02h 26m 13s||+13° 58’ 46”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 23||02h 26m 03s||+13° 58’ 00”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 24||02h 25m 54s||+13° 57’ 14”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 25||02h 25m 45s||+13° 56’ 27”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 26||02h 25m 36s||+13° 55’ 41”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 27||02h 25m 26s||+13° 54’ 53”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|
|2020 Oct 28||02h 25m 15s||+13° 54’ 06”||5.66||3.7”||Aries|