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Uranus rotates on its side- its poles are in the middle. It was probably caused by a large object crashing into Uranus.

Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to ever visit Uranus. It is because Venus is so far away, and so dangerous.

Fun Facts: Uranus is the third largest planet in our Solar System, at a 32,187 miles diameter!Until 1781, Uranus was thought to be a star. Uranus' atmosphere covers up what's actually happening on the planet. There could be actual water on Uranus!

Official Name: UranusNickname: Ice Giant Order from Sun: Seventh PlanetDistance from Sun: 2,880,000,000 kmComposition: Hydrogen, Helium, Methane, Water, Ammonia, Silicate, and Iron-NickelLength of Earth Day: 14 hours, 17 minutesLength of Earth Year: 84 years, 118 daysWhat a 20 Pounds Bookbag Would Weigh: 17.7 Earth poundsDID YOU KNOW? Uranus was the first planet to be discovered with a telescope, and was discovered by William Herschel in 1781. Unlike most planets in our Solar System, Uranus was named after a GREEK god (instead of a Roman god!). Uranus was the personification (or god) of the sky in mythology.

Interesting Facts: Uranus is the coldest planet of the Solar System (the highest is -224 degrees Celcius!) Uranus can actually be seen with the naked eye at bright nights or with binoculars.Summer lasts 42 years on Uranus- half of one year.

Uranus has two sets of rings- one discovered in 1997 and the other in 2003. Both are very dark colored and a bit hard to see in space.

Uranus has 27 moons (at the moment), as shown in the top picture to the left. Some are supposedly named after characters in Shakespeare (Juliet and Puck).

Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1benIKNLqDagyYnIYWaCE-CQtUrdklmkbiQQhkRrOl60/edit


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