If you have nothing to do this weekend, here is a suggestion for you: watch the live webcast of Uranus courtesy of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Yes, you read that right! The Royal Astronomical Society will be streaming live views of Uranus for three days starting Friday. The live webcast is in celebration of World Space Week.
The live webcast is possible thanks to the Infrared Telescope Facility, which is located atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
Here is how you can catch the live webcast of Uranus this weekend:
Watch the Live Webcast of Uranus This Weekend
There will be a live webcast of Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, this weekend, and it is courtesy of the Royal Astronomical Society. The live webcast is in celebration of World Space Week.
Catching the live stream is very easy. All you have to do is to tune in via YouTube starting Friday until Sunday to catch the daily webcast. Each webcast starts at 4 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. GMT) and ends at 11:55 a.m. EDT (3:55 p.m. GMT).
According to a report by Space, the live webcasts will feature "astronomers and planetary scientists from the University of Leicester as they observe Uranus using NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii."
"Members of the public are invited to view live footage of the 'ice giant' - 50,000 kilometres across and almost 3 billion kilometres from Earth - as the experts look to measure and analyse various aspects of its atmosphere across three days of observations," said the University of Leicester, as quoted in the report by Space.
The Planet Uranus
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Uranus is the third-largest planet in the solar system as far as the diameter is concerned.
Uranus is also the first planet discovered using a telescope. The planet was discovered by William Herschel in 1781. However, it was only accepted as part of the planets in the solar system two years later.
Per NASA, Uranus is an "ice giant" and takes around 17 hours to make a full rotation, but it takes 84 Earth years before it can complete a full revolution around the sun.
Uranus has 13 rings, 27 known moons and cannot support life.
Voyager 2 Spacecraft
While no spacecraft has been able to orbit Uranus just yet, there has been one spacecraft that has been able to fly by the planet.
The Voyager 2 spacecraft, according to NASA, is the second spacecraft to enter interstellar space. The Voyager 2's task is to study Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. It has a twin spacecraft, the Voyager 1, and both spacecraft are also tasked with finding the edge of the solar system.
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Written by Isabella James