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Neptune at Opposition
September 1, 2016
Today the blue giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth while being fully illuminated by the sun. This makes it the best day of the year to view the planet and it will be visible all night long. However, due to its extreme distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in most telescopes.
Currently, Neptune is rising in the east and it reaches it’s peak in the sky around midnight before descending in the west around sunrise. You can find the planet in front of the constellation Aquarius the Water Carrier.
A planet is said to be in opposition when it is opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. This creates a special event due to the fact that the planet shines most brightly on this day.
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