Did you know Uranus gets sunlight for 42 years in the same area? Well, this post is going to astonish you so many levels so make sure you understand these Uranus facts for kids and share this knowledge with your peers.
Top Uranus facts for kids
Just like big brothers Jupiter and Saturn, Uranus also has an atmosphere mainly consisting Hydrogen and Helium. It also contains methane which gives the plant blue-green color. Uranus is called an ice giant because it is swamped with a mix of water, ammonia, and methane.
The coldest planet in the solar system
Despite not being the farthest planet from the sun, it is the coldest planet among all. One reason would be the ammonia-water-methane mix, and other would be its core that has supposedly no heat.
Rotation and Revolution of Uranus
Uranus takes 17 earth hours and 14 minutes to complete one rotation on its axis, that too in the retrograde direction. Interestingly, it also takes 84 earth years to orbit the Sun. New year parties would be much awaited indeed.
Uranus experiences a 42-year long sunlight on one hemisphere
Uranus has an axial tilt of 97.77 degrees and its pole faces directly towards the sun. As a result, Uranus continues to get sunlight on one hemisphere for almost 42 years while the other half of it remains dark for the same time. One a short strip around the equator observes frequent light and darkness like other planets. This huge tilt in Uranus’ axis is believed to been caused by frequent small collisions with outer objects over time. In stark contrast, Earth’s axis is tilted at 23.5 degrees.
Who discovered Uranus?
Uranus was first discovered in 1781 by Sir William Herschel. Though it is visible to from earth’s night sky, but because it is too dim, it was for a long time perceived as a distant star in another solar system or just another comet. After observing it for a long time, Herschel came to the conclusion that it indeed follows a planetary orbit of the sun.
Who is Uranus named after?
Uranus is named after Ouranos, the Greek God of Skies. Interestingly, it the only planet in our solar system to have been named after a Greek God and a Roman God.
Uranus has rings like Saturn, only not that visible
It has two sets of rings that have particles not as big as Saturn’s rings. The inner rings consist of 11 thin rings, and the outer one consists of 2. One of the sets were first found in 1977. During 2003-2005, with the help Hubble space telescope, we managed to have a closer look and found all the rings of Uranus. The best theory supporting the ring formation says that they could a result of an impact of Uranus’ moons.
How many moons does Uranus have?
Uranus has 27 moons and all of them are named after the characters in the literary works of Alexander Pope and William Shakespeare. Largest among the Uranus’ moons is Titania which happens to be the eighth largest moon in the entire solar system. Interestingly, the largest moon in the solar system is Ganymede which a moon of Jupiter. The biggest planet has the biggest moon.
Exploration of Uranus
Only one probe has made a close approach to the mysterious planet, the Voyager 2 on January 21, 1986. In It discovered 10 of the Uranus’ moons and studied 5 moons in details. Through Voyager 2 scientists got to know that Uranus’ moons have a rocky surface with signs of impact craters. It also discovered 2 rings very thin and dark of Uranus.
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