There’s much to know about the pale blue planet affectionally known as Uranus. Did you know that Uranus was discovered on March 13, 1781, but had actually been seen many times before? If you want to find out more, check these
Uranus Facts. 1. Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the first to be discovered by scientists.
2. Uranus orbits the Sun every 84
Earth years. 3. Uranus was the first planet discovered in modern times.
Source: Media Source 4. Uranus is the only planet that is named after a
Greek god. 5. A lot of other names had been rejected in the naming of Uranus. Those included Hypercronius and Georgium Sidus.
6. The tilt of Uranus may have been caused by a collision.
Source: Media Source 7. Uranus is icy and burning hot, with extreme seasons.
8. The pressure on the surface is around 1.3 times more than the
Earth and the gravity is about 0.9 times more than the Earth. 9. Uranus has 27 moons. Uranus has the third most moons in the solar system.
Source: Media Source 10. Titania is the largest moon of Uranus.
11. The brightest moon is Ariel while the darkest is Umbriel.
12. The intensity of sunlight is 1/400 the intensity of the sunlight on
Source: Media Source 13. Uranus is 14.5 times the mass of
Earth. 14. In 1789, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, the discoverer of Uranium, named the element after Uranus.
15. Sunlight takes almost 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Uranus.
Source: Media Source 16. Uranus has 13 rings, and all of them are very faint.
17. The size of the bodies in the rings varies between 0.2 and 20 m in diameter.
18. Uranus rotates on its side, it spins horizontally.
Source: Media Source 19. Uranus revolves in its orbit at a speed of 6.6 km/sec.
20. One day on Uranus spans 17 hours and 54 minutes.
21. Uranus’ axis is at a tilt of 98 degrees while
Earth’s axis is at a tilt of 23.5 degrees.
Source: Media Source 22. Uranus is associated with the day “Wednesday.”
23. It is also the ruling sign of Zodiac “Aquarius.”
24. The correct pronunciation of Uranus is [YUR-uh-nus] not [Your Anus].
Source: Media Source 25. Seasons on Uranus can last as long as 20 years.
26. NASA’s Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft in the history of spaceflight that has made a close approach to Uranus.
27. Uranus is the coldest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System.
Source: Media Source 28. Methane, or natural gas, gives Uranus its blue color.
29. Uranus probably smells like rotten eggs.
30. Due to extremely high temperature and pressure, it rains diamonds on Uranus.
Source: Media Source 31. Uranus was the first planet discovered with a telescope.
32. Uranus maximum distance from the
Sun is 3 billion km (1.88 billion miles). 33. Uranus minimum distance from the
Earth is 2.6 billion km (1.6 billion miles).
Source: Media Source 34. The name “Uranus” was first proposed by Bode.
35. Like the classical planets, Uranus is visible to the naked eye.
36. The diameter of Uranus is 51,488 km (32,000 miles).
Source: Media Source 37. The mean apparent magnitude of Uranus is 5.68 with a standard deviation of 0.17.
38. The standard model of Uranus’s structure is that it consists of three layers: silicate/iron–nickel core in the center, an icy mantle in the middle and an outer gaseous hydrogen/helium envelope.
39. The troposphere is the lowest and densest part of the atmosphere and is characterized by a decrease in temperature with altitude.
Source: Media Source 40. Uranus’s orbital elements were first calculated in 1783 by Pierre-Simon Laplace.