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Uranus: Huge

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:28 am

Uranus is about four times wider than Earth. If Earth were a large apple, Uranus would be the size of a basketball.
Source: NASA
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Uranus: Seventh Wanderer

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:28 am

Uranus orbits our Sun, a star, and is the seventh planet from the Sun at a distance of about 1.8 billion miles (2.9 billion kilometers).
Source: NASA
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Uranus: Short-ish Day, Longish Year

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:29 am

Uranus takes about 17 hours to rotate once (a Uranian day), and about 84 Earth years to complete an orbit of the Sun (a Uranian year).
Source: NASA
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Uranus: Ice Giant

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:30 am

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.
Source: NASA
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Uranus: Gassy

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:31 am

Uranus has an atmosphere made mostly of molecular hydrogen and atomic helium, with a small amount of methane.
Source: NASA
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Uranus: Many Moons

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:34 am

Uranus has 27 known moons, and they are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.
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Uranus: The Other Ringed World

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:34 am

Uranus has 13 known rings. The inner rings are narrow and dark and the outer rings are brightly colored.
Source: NASA
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Uranus: A Bit Lonely

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:36 am

Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to fly by Uranus. No spacecraft has orbited this distant planet to study it at length and up close.
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Uranus: Lifeless

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:36 am

Uranus cannot support life as we know it.
Source: NASA
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Uranus: One Cool Fact

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:37 am

Like Venus, Uranus rotates east to west. But Uranus is unique in that it rotates on its side.
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Juliet

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:47 am

Uranus has a moon named Juliet, but not one named Romeo.
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