Neptune to rise, set opposite Sun tomorrow

Last Updated: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 11:48

New Delhi: Sky gazers are in for a celestial treat as the farthest planet Neptune will be at opposition, that is opposite to the sun on Monday night.

"On August 17, the blue planet Neptune will be at opposition or 180 degrees from the sun in the sky," SPACE Director CB Devgun said.

In positional astronomy, Opposition defines that position of a celestial object when it is on the opposite side of the sun in the sky when viewed from the Earth as reference.

At Opposition, Neptune will rise opposite the sun at sunset, climb highest overhead at midnight and set opposite the sun at sunrise.

When the blue planet will be at or near opposition, Earth will be closest to it and the farthest planet will shine brightly in the sky. Also, it will appear bigger.

Bureau Report



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