Uranus to be visible without telescope on Thursday night

WASHINGTON — Uranus will be visible without using a telescope on Thursday night.

NASA said the seventh planet from the sun will be clearly visible because it reaches opposition¬†— which means the planet is opposite the sun in the sky and at the closet point to Earth.

“It’s visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakeable. It may be bright enough to see with your naked eye — and for sure in binoculars,” according to NASA.

The blue-green planet can be seen by looking toward the southeast within the constellation Pisces, the fish, National Geographic reports.

Scientists say the planet should be brighter than the fainter stars around it.

Clouds are possible, but the planet should still be visible in Colorado.

NASA said Uranus will be visible all month, but the best opportunities come up on Nov. 4 and Nov. 30.

Uranus has the third largest diameter in the solar system and is four times wider than Earth. In perspective, if Earth was the size of a nickel, Uranus would be about as big as a softball, according to NASA.

The next time Uranus will be in opposition will be on Oct. 23, 2018.