View Harvest Moon Over Uranus Tonight

Don't have a telescope? Watch a live stream of the Harvest Moon and Uranus as one floats above the other in a rare celestial event.

The Harvest Moon will float just above the planet Uranus in the sky Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to a report on Space.com.

Viewers can watch a live online webcast via the Slooh Space Camera. One show begins at 4 p.m. PDT and another follows three hours later. The shows are free.

A Space.com report by Joe Rao says the Harvest Moon will appear at a point directly across from the sun at 11:19 p.m. Saturday night.

"The Harvest Moon is traditionally the full moon that comes closest on the calendar to the September equinox, which marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of spring south of the equator," the report says. "In 2012 this celestial event comes a bit later than usual."

If you would rather be outside with a telescope to catch Uranus at the point where it is directly opposite of the sun in the night sky, head outdoors tonight between midnight and 1 a.m., Space.com writer Geoff Gaherty recommends.

"In binoculars, Uranus is indistinguishable from a star. Look for it currently in the constellation Pisces," Gaherty wrote.

You will need a telescope with about a 200x magnification in order to see the greens and blues of the planet, he added, though Uranus' 27 moons will not be visible.

For more viewing tips and facts about Uranus, check out Gaherty's full story.

Liz Spear (Editor) September 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thanks for your uploads of moon shots, Dave! They are beautiful. I especially love the sailboat and moon shot. Breathtaking, and nicely focused.


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