17 Shocking Facts of Planet Uranus


Uranus is the seventh planet in our solar system, where one planet is very difficult to see with the naked eye because its magnitude is very low when seen with a telescope only in the form of dim light. Besides this planet is not very popular because of its shape that is less attractive, only in the shape of a circle with a solid color. But you will be surprised to see the facts of Uranus below. Here are 17 interesting and strange facts about the planet Uranus, hopefully, can add to our insight in astronomy.

1 | The planet Saturn was first discovered by Sir William Herschel in 1781. Because it looks dim Herschel thought it was a comet, but a few years later was recognized as a planet. Because it is known to have orbital movements around the sun.

2 | The name Uranus was proposed by astronomer Johann Bode. His name was inspired by an ancient Greek god named Ouranos who was considered to be the god of heaven. Uranus is Gaia's son and husband, Mother Earth.

3 | Uranus is the coldest planet in the solar system. Although there are still other planets farther from the sun, Uranus has a cooler temperature because it does not absorb the sun's heat and has a core that is not too cold. The lowest temperature of the planet reaches -226 ° C.

4 | Uranus takes 17 hours, 14 minutes to rotate. The rotation is opposite to the earth, so here we will see the sun rising from the west.

5 | 1 year on Uranus is 84 years on Earth. So, if you live there your birthday is only celebrated for 84 years.

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6 | The north pole and south planet are almost located at the equator. By this means that their night and daytime take place 1 time a year or for 42 years at night and 42 years during the day.

7 | Uranus is often called a giant ice planet. Like other gas planets, this planet also has hydrogen and helium in the upper layer. While the coat is made of ice which wraps iron and stone in its core.

8 | Planet Uranus has a pale blue color. Because the upper layer of the atmosphere consists of water, ammonia and methane ice crystals.

9 | Uranus is the second least dense planet after Saturn.

10 | Uranus has 13 rings. This ring has a thickness of only a few kilometers, the material is thought to originate from the moon of Uranus, which collided with an asteroid that threw rocks in the sky and orbited.

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11 | Uranus has 27 natural satellites. The satellites are many but the biggest ones are Miranda, Titania, Ariel, Umbriel & Oberon. All surfaces of this moon froze with dark surfaces composed of ice and rock.

12 | Uranus's mass is 14.5 times the mass of Earth. Make it the lightest planet compared to other gas giant planets.

13 | Uranus is predicted to have collided with an Earth-sized planet. This is what makes the axis of rotation very tilted almost like on the Earth's equator.

14 | The wind on Uranus blows at a speed of 900 km per hour. 2 times stronger than the strongest tornado on Earth.

15 | Only the Voyager 2 spacecraft has visited Uranus. NASA's vehicle was once positioned at a distance of 81,500 km on January 24, 1986. Finding another 10 months, identifying the atmosphere, measuring and finding a new ring.

16 | Uranus can be seen with the naked eye. With magnitude 5.3 Uranus can be seen with the naked eye as long as the place is dark and has low light pollution.


17 | Miranda has a random and mysterious surface. Its surface is shaped like the face of a Frankenstein figure who has patches uneven. There is no definite explanation about this phenomenon. Some scientists estimate that due to the strong gravitational influence of Uranus some people consider it an Alien civilization.

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