Uranus Facts and Information

Introduction

Uranus named after the Greek god of the sky is the seventh planet from the sun and the third largest in our solar system. Known mainly as one of the Gas Giants due to its atmosphere of mainly hydrogen, helium and methane, Uranus is also called an Ice Giant as 80% or more if the planet is made up of icy materials. Unlike the other planets Uranus spins on its side at an angle of 98%, scientists believe this is due to a object the size of earth crashing into it causing it to rotate horizontally.

Facts about Uranus

  • Uranus has 27 moons
  • Most of Uranus’s moons are named after characters from the works of Shakespeare and Alaxander Pope
  • Uranus has 13 rings made up of rocks and black dust partials
  • Only one space craft has visited Uranus, it was Voyager 2 in 1986
  • It takes 84 Earth years for it to orbit the sun, this is because it is so far away so it has a greater distance to travel and goes much slower cause the gravitational pull is less the further from the sun you get
  • Uranus was discovered by William Hershal in 1781
  • Uranus like Venus has an East to West rotation only it spins horizontally rather than vertically
  • One day on Uranus takes around 17 hours
  • Uranus is the furthest planet in our solar system that can can be seen with the naked eye

Uranus Data

  • Diameter (Km) 51,118
  • Mass 86.81E24 kg
  • Density (Kg/m³) 1271
  • Temperature (°C) – 243
  • Distance from sun (Km) 2.9 Billion
  • Rotation period -17.2 hours
  • Length of Day 17.2 hours
  • Orbital period 30,589 days
  • Number of moons 27
  • Magnetic field Yes
  • Ring system Yes