Path of Uranus, in South-western Pisces, marked on the first day of each month for the period from February 2011 to April 2012 (click for full-size image, 75 KB). Periods when the planet was too close to the Sun to be visible are indicated by a dashed line.
Much of the star field in the chart is easily contained within a binocular field of view (which typically ranges from 5° to 9°). Stars are shown down to magnitude +8.5. Right Ascension and Declination co-ordinates are marked around the border, for cross-referencing with a star atlas. A Southern hemisphere view can be found here (79 KB). Printer-friendly (greyscale) versions of the chart are available for Northern (34 KB) and Southern hemisphere (36 KB) views.
Uranus reached opposition to the Sun on the night of September 25th/26th 2011, when it shone at magnitude +5.7 and measured 3".7 (3.7 arcseconds) in diameter. The planet was then 19.078 Astronomical Units (2,854 million kms or 1,773 million statute miles) from the Earth.
Click here (54 KB) to see a 'clean' star map of the area (i.e. without planet path); a printable version can be found here (26 KB).
Copyright Martin J Powell March 2011