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AVERAGE DISTANCE FROM THE SUN

1,784,000,000 miles
(2,870,970,000 km)

DIAMETER

31,500 miles (50,724 km)

LENGTH OF DAY

17.9 Earth hours

LENGTH OF YEAR

84 Earth years

NUMBER OF MOONS

27

SURFACE TEMPERATURE

-323°F (-200°C)

14 Uranus

The blue world of Uranus is the eighth planet from the sun. With 13 rings and many moons, it looks incredible tilted on its side.

NAMING

Discovered in 1781, astronomer William Herschel, named the planet Georgium Sidus after British King George III. The name was not popular outside of Britain. Later, the planet was named Uranus after the Greek god of the sky.

FUN FACTS

Uranus' 98-degree tilt on its axis causes extreme changes in sunlight during each 20-year-long season.

 

Similar to Venus, Uranus rotates in a direction opposite that of the rest of the planets.

 

Hydrogen, helium and small amounts of methane are found in Uranus' atmosphere. Methane gives the planet its blue color.

 

 

Exploring the planets, moons and other bodies orbiting our sun.

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