Night Vision: Uranus & Neptune

Nick Jarvis

In this week’s Night Vision, we’ll explore our solar system’s outer ice giants: Uranus* and Neptune. While the nearer planets are easy for anyone to find in the sky, these distant and still-mysterious planets were only detected after the invention of sufficiently-powerful telescopes.

In this week’s show, we’ll outline the story of how we’ve explored these outer planets, from their first detections in the 18th and 19th centuries, to generations later when each was briefly visited by the Voyager 2 probe on its way out of the solar system.

The planets Uranus (left) and Neptune (right) as seen by Voyager 2 in 1986 and 1989. Credit: NASA/JPL

Uranus (left) and Neptune (right) as seen by Voyager 2 in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Credit: NASA/JPL

From those brief encounters, and our distant glimpses from here on Earth, we’ve begun to build a picture of these outer worlds, each with unique characteristics and fascinating moons. You’re invited to join us as we explore our current understanding of Uranus and Neptune. See you there!

*Before the show, all attendees are advised to say the name “Uranus” at least 100 times, or until you stop giggling! … Uranus… Uranus… Urrrr-aaannnn-uuusss…

Night Vision: Uranus & Neptune is presented by Nick Jarvis on Thursday evening, February 23rd, and Saturday evening, February 25th, in the Hansen Dome Theatre at 6:45pm. Tickets available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members.

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