Path of Uranus in central-Southern Pisces for the year 2015, marked on the first day of each month (click for full-size image, 67 KB). A Southern hemisphere view can be found here (69 KB). Periods when the planet was too close to the Sun to be observable are indicated by a dashed line.
Uranus reached opposition to the Sun on October 12th 2015 (indicated on the chart by the symbol ) when it shone at magnitude +5.7 and measured 3".7 (3.7 arcseconds) in diameter. The planet was then 18.984 Astronomical Units (2,839 million kms or 1,764 million statute miles) from the Earth.
Much of the star field in the chart should be 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. Printer-friendly (greyscale) versions of the chart are available for Northern (30 KB) and Southern hemisphere (31 KB) views.
Click here (56 KB) to see a 'clean' star map of the area (i.e. without planet path); a printable version can be found here (25 KB).
Copyright Martin J Powell December 2015