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Uranus Moons
   -  Cordelia
   -  Ophelia
   -  Bianca
   -  Cressida
   -  Desdemona
   -  Juliet
   -  Portia
   -  Rosalind
   -  Belinda
   -  Puck
   -  Miranda
   -  Ariel
   -  Umbriel
   -  Titania
   -  Oberon
   -  Caliban
Uranus Summary

Uranus

Short Facts about Uranus!

- Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun in our solar system.

- This huge, icy planet is covered with clouds and is encircled by a belt of 11 rings and at least 27 moons.

- Uranus' blue color is caused by the methane (CH4) in its atmosphere; this molecule absorbs red light.

- Uranus' rotational axis is strongly tilted on its side (97.9 degrees). Instead of rotating with its axis roughly perpendicular to the plane of its orbit (like all the other planets in our Solar System), Uranus rotates on its side (along its orbital path). This tipped rotational axis gives rise to extreme seasons on Uranus.

- Uranus is about 31,690 miles (51,118 km) in diameter. This is about 4 times the diameter of the Earth.

- This gas giant is the third-largest planet in our Solar System (after Jupiter and Saturn).

- A 100-pound person on Uranus would weigh 91 pounds.

- Each day on Uranus takes 17.9 Earth hours. A year on Uranus takes 84.07 Earth years.

- Uranus was discovered by the British astronomer William Herschel on March 13, 1781. Herschel also discovered two of the moons of Uranus (Titania and Oberon) and some of the moons of Saturn.


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