You don't have to be an astronomy fanatic to enjoy an epic lunar event. Most of the time, seeing these types of events take place is all about being in the right place at the right time. With that being said, keeping your eye on the sky on October 19 will offer up the opportunity to see a celestial body that usually sits 2 billion miles away from Earth.
During what is known as opposition, Uranus will be at its closest point to Earth. At a distance of 1.7 billion miles away, the blue-green color of the seventh closest planet to the sun will be visible from Earth with binoculars or a telescope all night long. Uranus may even be bright enough to see with the naked eye.
Uranus will be extremely visible as a result of how high it will be positioned in the sky, which will be the highest that it has been in the sky since its opposition in February 1963. Look toward the southwestern sky in order to spot Uranus. If you're familiar with astronomy, it will be near the constellation of Pisces.
So far, October has been a fairly interesting month for stargazers. Early on, asteroid 2012 TC4 made a relatively close pass by the Earth. If you're looking for something a bit more exciting than viewing Uranus in the night sky, you still have some time left to see the Orionid meteor shower.