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Uranus is so far from Earth that even with the most advanced Earth-based telescopes it is impossible to make it out as anything more than a small fuzzy disc. Its remoteness had also ruled out the possibility of sending a craft to visit it- a mission to Uranus would take 30 to 40 years and use so much rocket fuel that sending it would be a fortune.

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Equatorial Diameter: 51,118 kmPolar Diameter: 49,946 kmEquatorial Circumference: 159,354 kmKnown Moons: 27No MmM

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew closely past distant Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, in January. At its closet, the spacecraft came within 81,800 kilometers (50,600 miles) of Uranus's cloudtops on Jan. 24, 1986.

Uranus's discovery

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From the beggining of recorded history until March 13, 1781, the Solar System comprised the Sun and the six planets from Mecury to Saturn and no more.Nobody had ever questioned this simple fact. Then, quite unexpectedly, an amateur astronomer doubled the size of the Solar System. From a terrraced house in Bath, England, William Herschel gazed through his home-made telescope and discovered Uranus. Once William Herschel said these words 'In the quartile near Zeta Tauri...is a curious either nubulous star or perhaps a comet.' he marked his discovery-the result of a methodical and arduous review of the entire night sky. But while tracking this curious disc over several days, something puzzled him. The object moved like a comet yet t had no tail. He mentioned this strange phenomenon to friends in the Royal Society in London and soon the word spread. William Herschel had discovered a seventh planet.

1. The size of Uranus is 31,690 miles.2. Uranus’s distance from the sun is 2.9 billion kilometers. 3. Uranus’s length of rotation in about 17 hours and 14 minutes.4. The length of day in Uranus is 17.9 Earth hours.5. The length of year in Uranus is 84.07 Earth years.6. Uranus has 27 named moons.7. Uranus is made of 83% hydrogen, 15% helium, and 2% methane.8. William Herschel found Uranus.9. Uranus was originally named in 1781 by the British astronomer William Herschel - he called it Georgium Sidus (meaning "the Georgian planet") to honor the King George III of England. The name was later changed to Uranus, the ancient mythological god of the sky, Ouranos. The name Uranus was suggested by the German astronomer Johann Elert Bode.10. It would take 2.57 billion kilometers to get to Uranus.

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  • MayahGrandison 6 years ago

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