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Various facts about the planet Uranus

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In this article, we give some facts about the planet Uranus.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. Its name is a reference to the Greek god of the sky, Uranus.

It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System. Uranus is very similar in composition to Neptune. Uranus’s atmosphere is similar to Jupiter’s and Saturn’s in its primary composition of hydrogen and helium, but it contains more “ices” such as water, ammonia, and methane, along with traces of other hydrocarbons.

It has the coldest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System and the interior of Uranus is mainly composed of ice and rock.

Like the other giant planets in the solar system, Uranus also has a ring system, a magnetosphere, and moons.

In 1986, Voyager 2 passed by and showed Uranus as an almost featureless planet without the clouds or storms associated with the other giant planets.

Uranus facts

Uranus was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel.

Uranus is the seventh planet away from the sun.

Uranus is the only planet named after a Greek mythological figure.

Uranus is the first planet to be discovered by the use of a telescope.

Uranus is 2.9 billion kilometers away from the Sun.

Uranus has a radius of 25362 km.

Uranus has a diameter of 51118 km.

Uranus has around 14.5 times the mass of Earth.

It has the third-largest planet in the Solar System.

The north and south poles of Uranus are located where the equator lies on most other planets.

Uranus is often referred to as an “ice giant” planet.

Uranus has the coldest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System.

Temperatures are on average at around -224 degrees Celsius.

Uranus has 13 rings, 9 of which are narrow, 2 of which are dusty, and 2 of which are outer rings.

There have been 27 moons discovered around Uranus so far.

Some parts of the planet experience night for over 40 year

The reason why Uranus is blue is due to the presence of methane.

The biggest moon of Uranus is Titania.

It is the eighth-largest moon in the Solar System.

The moons of Uranus are named after characters created by Alexander Pope and William Shakespeare.

Uranus takes 30,685 Earth days for it to orbit the sun.

The wind speeds sometimes reach 900 km per hour.

Uranus experiences seasons, while most other planets do not.

Uranus has a similar atmosphere to Jupiter and Saturn in its primary composition of hydrogen and helium.

However, it contains more water, ammonia, methane, and traces of other hydrocarbons.

The chemical element Uranium was named after Uranus.

At present, the only planetary mission to visit Uranus is Voyager 2.



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