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A closer look:

Did you know?So far, uranus has 27 known moons!

The density of Uranus is 1.27 grams/cubic centimeters. Despite its size being larger than Earth's, its density is only a quarter of Earth’s density. It is actually much more similar to Jupiter.

Uranus was discovered by William Herschel with his homemade telescope in his back yard on March 13, 1781. Considered an accident, It was the first planet discovered with the aid of the telescope, making it part of the 'telescope era'.

Being 4 times bigger than Earth, Uranus is the third largest planet in the solar system; after Jupiter and Saturn. Its diameter at the equator is about 31,763 miles.

Facts!The rings of Uranus were discovered in 1977 by stellar occulation. This is when the planet passes infront of a star and dims the light.So far, it is for sure that Uranus has 13 rings. They start at about a distance of 38,000 km from the center of Uranus, and then extend out to about 98,000 km, making them much thinner than saturn's.



The axis of Uranus is tilted at an angle of 98-degrees, which compared to Earth's 23-degrees is very dramatic. The current theory on why Uranus's tilt is so severe is that a large protoplanet smashed into it billions of years ago.

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The atmosphere of Uranus is composted mainly of hydrogen and helium. After that, the most abundant molecule is methane. The methane is what absorbs the red spectrum invisible light and gives it the blue color.

Neptune's atmosphere appears to be muchmore active than that of Uranus

The Ice GiantsUranus vs. Neptune

Uranus lacks internal heat, while neptune has internal heat.

Both do not contain metallic hydrogen


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