Uranus at solar conjunction

2013 Mar 29

From our vantage point on the Earth, Uranus will appear to pass around the far side of the Sun, moving to within a mere 00°40′ of it in the night sky and becoming totally lost in its glare. Uranus will also pass apogee at around the same time – the time when it will be most distant from the Earth – since it will lie almost exactly opposite to the Earth in the Solar System. It moved to a distance of 21.05 AU from the Earth, making it appear at its smallest and faintest in the night sky. If it could be observed, it would measure 3.3 arcsec in diameter.