back to article Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

Attention, inhabitants of the northern hemisphere of our fragile home world. You're about to get one of the best peeks at Uranus in years – because the strange alien planet will reach opposition with the Sun and be at the closest point in its orbit to Earth. On Thursday and Friday, Earth will be directly in between the second- …

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Sigh

Sigh, not one mention of its inhabitants, the Suppository people.

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How did they get up there?

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Re: Sigh

I tried suppositories once, absolutely useless, I might as well have stuck them up my arse.

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Innuendo

The Italian brand.

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Could have used an accurate picture

With the ring properly being centered over the equator, rather than the 'lines' of the ring being over the equator - the 'empty' centre of the ring should be over the equator

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Re: Could have used an accurate picture

With the ring properly being centered over the equator, rather than the 'lines' of the ring being over the equator - the 'empty' centre of the ring should be over the equator

But what's that got to do with anuses?

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Re: Could have used an accurate picture

Shirley 'ani'?!

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Forecast: clouds!

Typical! Given the wide orbit, the view should be OK for quite a while around opposition, however so I might still have a shot at imaging it. Even then, in my 8" scope Uranus (stop sniggering at the back), is never an amazing site. I captured it last year with my C8, but it just shows up as a little ball of a curious blue green colour. Neptune is even smaller. Having said that, when I first bagged both Uranus and Neptune one summer night in 1995, I did feel the solar system had become bigger for me.

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Re: Forecast: clouds!

Yeah. If there is something to see in the sky, it WILL be raining. Or cloudy. Or some other piece of UK weather that makes the sky look like the inside of a snot-filled handkerchief.

Putting Astronomical events in a UK rag is just trolling.

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Avoirdupois

" 18.91 astronomical units"?

This is The Register. Let's have some proper el reg units.

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Re: Avoirdupois

that would be depth of an olympic swimming pools or length of a london bendy double decker, head to rudder (borrowed from the beeb)

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Re: Avoirdupois

In 1676 Ole Rømer measured the speed of light from observations of Jupiter's moons as a little over three minutes per astronomical units. He did not know the actual length of 1 A.U. in Rijnlandse voeten, swimming pools (Olympic or otherwise), London double deckers or any other unit. For me 18.91 A.U. is still 157.27 lightminutes. Thank you.

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Happy

Be sure to text all your friends..

Ur anus is visible tonite

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What colour is Uranus?

The same colour as Mars.

Yeah, it's a very old joke. But all the other old jokes were already taken.

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@ Iain Thomson

Uranus is instantly recognizable thanks to its blue-green color, which is the result of the methane in Uranus tinting the atmosphere

Well played, sir !

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International Observe the Moon Night

Is that International as in all over the USA and bits of Canada?

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"slightly more easier to pick out"

Not merely slightly less difficulter?

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