Watch the moon pass in front of Uranus early Wednesday (October 12)

Early Wednesday (October 12), Uranus will briefly disappear from the night sky as the moon passes in front of the distant ice giant. The event, known as a lunar eclipse, will be visible from parts of the North American continent.

The lunar eclipse will begin at 2:11 AM. EDT (0611 GMT) on Wednesday morning, when Uranus — the seventh planet from the sun — begins to disappear behind the moon. According At The (opens in new tab), Uranus will be in the constellation Aries at the time of the occultation and will appear about 16 degrees above the horizon. (Your fist at arm’s length corresponds to about 10 degrees.)

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