Look for two celestial events in the skies above us

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A GAZING OPPORTUNITY – You’ll have a chance on early Wednesday, Nov. 9, to gaze upon the planet Uranus. The seventh planet in our solar system, right behind Saturn, will be closer to us on that night than any other time of year. Photo taken by the Hubble Telescope.

By David Cook

It may be good to note, that some remarkable events are coming our way in the night sky very soon.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the full moon will bear a red coloration, due to a lunar eclipse. This results when the earth comes between the glowing moon and the radiating sun, as our planet’s shadow passes over its lighted lunar companion. Reportedly, the lunar eclipse will peak at 6 a.m. on that November day.

Then farther away from us another happening can be observed. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the planet Uranus will be at its closest point this year to our Earth and will be fully illuminated by the sun. This distant planet likely will be big and bright enough to be seen without binoculars or a telescope, even with a full moon expected to be shining in the sky on that night as well.

To see Uranus in the best way, one can simply look eastward at approximately 2 a.m. on Nov. 9th. It’ll be a blue-green dot that should appear near the star Pleiades in the Taurus constellation.

So, on Nov. 8-9, one may get up early and gaze upon unique occurrences, both close by us and light years away. They should be something good to see, and if you plan to take advantage of these showings, there’s only one thing to say: Enjoy!

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