, Uranus isn’t known as one of the most glamorous planets, but it’s an underappreciated gem. The ice giant has a lovely blue color and . While our eyes are often drawn to brighter planets like Mars and Jupiter in the night sky, Jan. 20 will give us a decent shot at spotting elusive Uranus.
You’ll need binoculars or a telescope to aid in your hunt for Uranus, but NASA says Jan. 20 represents an “easy opportunity” to spot it.
NASA’s What’s Up skywatching tips for January includes an explainer on how to locate the planet.
Wait for the sun to go down and then look for the crescent moon a couple of hours after dark. From the moon, look up and find Mars, which has a reddish-orange glow. “Scan your way over from Mars toward the moon, and you should be able to find the faint, bluish disk of Uranus,” NASA says.
While you’re gazing into the blue of Uranus, be thankful you’re at a far distance from the planet. As it turns out,thanks to hydrogen sulfide gas in its clouds. But don’t put up a stink. Grab your binoculars and enjoy this celestial treat.