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Interesting Facts About The Planet Uranus

Uranus is the seventh planet in our solar system. This is ranked as the 3rd largest planet as well. It was William Herschel, who discovered this planet, during the year 1781. The planet Uranus was named after the Greek God ‘Ouranus’. This is the only planet named after a Greek mythology God. Other planets are named after Roman mythology Gods and Goddesses.

The planet Uranus has so many interesting facts, and this is what we are going to talk about in this article.

The Rings Of The Planet Uranus

This planet has 13 rings, and unlike the ring of other planet, the ring of this was symbolizes by just Greek symbols. Some of this are ε ring (epsilon), δ ring (delta), γ ring (gamma), η ring (eta), and α and β rings (alpha and beta). Each ring has its own characteristics.

The Satellites Of Uranus

Uranus has 27 satellites. Each moon was named after William Shakespeare’s character in his novel and in Alexander Pope’s character in his books. The five main satellite of Uranus are TITANIA, OBERON, UMBRIEL, ARIEL and MIRANDA. Each one has its unique characteristics.

Other Names For The Minor Satellites:

  • Cordelia
  • Ophelia
  • Bianca
  • Cressida
  • Desdemona
  • Juliet
  • Portia
  • Rosalind
  • Mab
  • Belinda
  • Perlita
  • Puck
  • Cupid
  • Francisco
  • Caliban
  • Stephano
  • Trinculo
  • Sycorax
  • Margaret
  • Proepero
  • Setebos
  • Ferdinand

How Uranus Rotate Around The Sun

Another interesting fact about this planet is the way it rotates or how long it can rotate around the sun. One (1) Uranus year is equivalent to 84 Earth years.
When Herschel discovered this planet through a telescope, he cannot determine if it is a planet, a star or a comet. In fact, Herschel first referred Uranus a comet in his study and not a planet. After few more years of studying Uranus, he realized that Uranus was not a comet, but a full planet, just like earth, and a part of the solar system. He edited his conclusion about the planet Uranus, and amended his scripts about it.

How Far Is The Planet Uranus From The Sun?

This planet is 3 billion km from the sun. Even if it is not the farthest planet from the blazing heat of the sun, the planet Uranus is still the coldest planet in our solar system. The core of this planet is less than the size of the earth. It does not have enough thermal heat, which actually causes the planet to be cold. The axial tilt of this planet causes the North Pole to face the sun that gives one side of the planet 42 years of sunlight and 42 years of darkness on the other side. This is one of the coolest interesting facts about the planet Uranus.

There are actually more to say about the planet Uranus. In fact, up to this day, many studies are still being conducted by scientists and astronomers, in order for us to learn more about this planet.

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