Interesting Facts about Uranus

Here you can read some interesting facts about Uranus. This planet was discovered in 1781, on March 13. The man who discovered the planet was Sir William Herschel. Uranus got its name after a god from the Greek mythology. Uranus consists of ammonia, methane and water. This is the coldest planet in our solar system. It is the seventh planet from the Sun.

Interesting Facts about Uranus

• Uranus needs nearly 84 years to make a single revolution around the Sun.

• Uranus has thirteen rings. These are visible if you use a powerful telescope. Uranus rings are very narrow, comparing to the rings of Saturn. They are very close to each other. Rings consist of ice and dust (which is found between the rings, too).

• Uranus has very low density. In fact, only Saturn has lower density than Uranus.

• Uranus has 27 moons. These moons are very small. There are divided into three groups: large moons, inner moons and irregular moons. Uranus has five large moons, thirteen inner moons and nine irregular moons. Each of the moons got its name after the characters from Shakespeare’s and A. Pope’s literary works.

• We cannot see Uranus without using a telescope, but when you see it, you will be astonished by its beauty. You will be able to see storms and clouds.

• Magnetic field of Uranus is not well studied.

• Storms are common in Uranus’ atmosphere. Winds are very strong and they blow all the time.

• Uranus is green because of the methane present in Uranus’ atmosphere. Considerable amounts of photochemical smog also contribute to this color.

• Uranus looks like a bright planet when observed from the Earth.

• Only one visit was made to this planet, in 1986 (January 24). NASA sent Voyager 2, but that was the only time Uranus was visited.

• All planets of our solar system got their names after Roman gods. Well, all except Uranus – it has a Greek name.

• Florescent Cheerio is the name of one of the Uranus’ moons. This ring is very bright.

• All we know about this planet is based on the images taken by Voyager 2 in 1986. Perhaps something has changed, but we don’t know about it. We hope that there will be more visits to this interesting ice giant.

• Uranus was first spotted in 1690, by John Flamsteed. However, he thought this was only a star belonging to the Tauri constellation.

• The first planet discovered only by using a telescope was Uranus.

• Hershel, the man who discovered Uranus, wanted to name the planet after the English Kings, George III.

• Uranus’ rotation is different from that of other planets.

• The distance between the Sun and Uranus is nearly 1780 million miles.

• Some scientists believe that Uranus is very similar to Jupiter, except it is smaller.

• Seasons on Uranus last for nearly twenty years. However, the planet rotates very fast. It completes one rotation for nearly 17 hours.

That was all about Uranus. If you are interested in celestial bodies, you can try using a telescope and find Uranus in the night sky.

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