facts about uranus

URANUS

1. NUMBER 7
    Uranus is the 7th planet from the
     Sun and the 3rd largest in our solar
     system.

2.  ALMOST A 90
     Though Uranus orbits the Sun like 
     the rest of us, it does have a bit of
     an odd rotation on its axis. Uranus
     is the only planet that rotates at a
     nearly 90 degree angle to that of its
     orbit around the sun.

3. THE RINGS
     Though this is not depicted in most
     common images of our solar
     system, Uranus is one of 4 planets
     that actually have rings around it.
     The other three are Jupiter,
     Neptune,  and of course Saturn.

4. ​TURN UP THE HEAT
    Uranus is the coldest planet in our
     solar system with temperatures
     reaching as low as -224º C
     (-357º F)

5. ICE GIANT
     Uranus is an ice giant. Most of its
     mass is a hot, dense fluid of "icy"
     materials – water, methane and
     ammonia – above a small rocky
     core.

6. MANY MOONS
    Uranus is third in line with 27
     moons orbiting this ice giant. Only
     Jupiter and Saturn have more 
     moons.

7. ​SHORT DAYS LONG YEARS
     Uranus has very short days only
     taking 17 hours to rotate once on
     it's axis, but it takes 84 Earth years
     for it to complete one orbit around
     the Sun. That means you would
     experience 21 years of each season.

8. IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE
     Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to
     have ever done a fly by of the distant
     planet. We have yet to study this
     giant up close.

9.  LIFELESS
    Because of the planets harsh
     conditions, poisionous atmosphere
     and its distance from the  Sun, it is
     unlikely that Uranus can support any
     type of life as we know  it. 

10.  THE USE OF A TELESCOPE
       Sir William Herschel is credited with
       discovering Uranus with the use of
       a telescope. This is the first time a 
       planet had been discovered by
       using a telescope.

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