Uranus Profile | Facts about Uranus

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Uranus Profile | Facts about Uranus

Uranus Profile

  • Date of Discovery: 13 March 1781
  • Discovered By: William Herschel
  • Orbit Size Around Sun
  • Metric: 2,870,658,186 km
  • Volume
  • Metric: 68,334,355,695,584 km3
  • Mass
  • Metric: 86,810,300,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
  • Surface Area
  • Metric: 8,083,079,690 km2


Facts about Uranus

The seventh planet from the sun with the third largest diameter in our solar system, Uranus is very cold and windy.

The first planet found with the aid of a telescope, Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel, although he originally thought it was either a comet or a star. It was two years later that the object was universally accepted as a new planet, in part because of observations by astronomer Johann Elert Bode.

One light year, which is the distance light travels in a year, is equal to about 5,880 billion miles. Andromeda, the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way, is almost three million light years away.

Size and Distance: With a radius of 15,759.2 miles (25,362 kilometers), Uranus is 4 times wider than Earth. If Earth was the size of a nickel, Uranus would be about as big as a softball.

Moons

Uranus has 27 known moons. While most of the satellites orbiting other planets take their names from Greek or Roman mythology, Uranus’ moons are unique in being named for characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.

Rings: Uranus has two sets of rings.


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