back to article Moon blocks Uranus for stargazers Down Under

Inhabitants of Australasia who enjoy peering into Uranus are going to be denied on June 12 as the strange globe slides behind the Moon. It's not often that planets get occulted by the Moon, and losing Uranus isn't that common an occurrence, and this one is something only people in the southern hemisphere can indulge in. Those …

  1. VeganVegan

    Down under, moon, uranus

    What about the starship enterprise, to wipe up all the cling-ons?

  2. Stevie


    Headline not as good as the Long Island Newsday's from '85: "Voyager Passes Uranus And Moons"

  3. NoOneSpecific

    Moon blocks Uranus

    So many jokes! Where to even start? (Down Under?) Too easy!

  4. Martin Budden Silver badge

    Obligatory Futurama

    Professor Hubert Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.

    Fry: Oh. What's it called now?

    Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Urrectum. Here, let me locate it for you.

  5. Captain DaFt

    Truly, truly terrible.

    "but Uranus will still be open to inspection."

    Keep up the (good?) work El Reg!

    (I'd give you a thumbs up, but... <ahem>)

  6. frank ly

    Sensitive Asstronomers

    Slooh statement: "... will see the planet Uranus ..."

    Notice how they put the words "the planet" in there, even though they're totally unnecessary.

  7. Unep Eurobats

    Pronunciation change?

    I thought there'd been an attempt to get the stress moved to the first syllable. Because the fact that Uranus sounds like your anus is just puerile schoolboy humour and not funny at all. No. Not in the slightest.

    1. breakfast Silver badge

      Re: Pronunciation change?

      So less like "yer ANus" and more like "YOUR anus"?

      Yup, that's much better.

      1. ravenviz Silver badge

        Re: Pronunciation change?

        Don't they (the they) normally go with "you-run-us" these days?

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          Re: Pronunciation change?

          IIRC, back in 85 or whenever it was Voyager passed by, the BBC decided OO-ran-us was more politically acceptable. I've not heard it called that since.

      2. Dan Paul

        Re: Pronunciation change?

        No, more like YOUR anus, not mine.

  8. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Bloody Aussies...

    ...still can't find Uranus with both hands!

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