U Orionis Now Visible in Binoculars

If you out in the early evening you can still see the constellation of Orion low in the west; not long after sunset. Not far above Betelgeuse is U Orionis; a Mira type variable that typically varies between magnitudes six and twelve. During April we’ll have a brief chance to observe this star, in binoculars or a small telescope, before it disappears behind the Sun, at the end of the month.

U Orionis is predicted to reach maximum brightness in April and is just becoming bright enough to be seen in binoculars. One member, Johnathan Shanklin, has already observed U Orionis at just below the tenth magnitude. Hopefully, if the weather co-operates, we will all get a chance to observe this star before it disappears below the horizon.