Interesting Facts About Uranus

It takes Uranus 84 years to orbit around the sun which is the second longest from all the planets in the solar system. Only Neptune needs longer.

Each season on Uranus lasts 21 years.

In Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, the name of Uranus is literally translated as the “sky king star” and in Mongolian, its name translated as “King of the Sky”.

With the exception of the Earth Uranus is the only planet in our solar system whose name is derived from a figure of Greek mythology. All other planets are named after Roman gods. The name is referring to the ancient Greek deity of the sky.

The exploration of Uranus has been solely through telescopes and the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1986, with no other visits currently planned.

The mass of Uranus is about 14.5 times the mass of Earth making it the lightest of the four gas giants of our solar system.

Uranus axis of rotation is tilted sideways meaning its north and south poles lie where most other planets have their equators.

The lowest temperature recorded in Uranus was -371 °F (-224 °C) making it the coldest planet in the solar system.

Uranus is 63 times larger than Earth.

The planet Uranus was discovered in 1781, while the Antarctic was not discovered until 1820.

The existence of Neptune was mathematically predicted before the planet was directly observed, based on the orbit of Uranus.

Most of the moons orbiting around Uranus are named after characters that appeared in the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Those named after characters from Shakespeare include Titania, Oberon and Puck from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Ariel and Miranda from “The Tempest”.

Uranus and Venus turn in a retrograde direction which is opposite to the direction Earth and the other planets turn in our solar system.

Uranus volume is about 63 times greater than Earth’s volume, which means that 63 Earths can fit inside Uranus.

Uranus is about four times larger than Earth. If Earth were an apple, Uranus would be the size of a basketball.

Wind speeds on Uranus can reach up to 560 miles per hours (900 kilometers per hour).

After Saturn, Uranus is the second least dense planet in the solar system.

NASA wants to send a probe to Uranus within the next 15 years.

From 1781 to 1850, the planet Uranus was named George.

Uranus is the third-largest planet in the solar system and has the fourth-largest planetary mass.

Uranium was discovered in 1789 by Martin Heinrich Klaproth who named the new element after the recently discovered planet Uranus.

Uranus was the first planet discovered with the aid of a telescope as Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter were all bright enough to be easily visible to the naked eye.

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