EXPLORE THE WORLDS ABOVE

EXPLORE THE WORLDS ABOVE

LET’S EXPLORE URANUS

  • The planet Uranus is about four times the size of Earth.
  • Uranus is about 20 times further from the Sun than we are here on Earth.
  • Uranus and its twin world Neptune often are referred to as the Ice Giants because they contain large amounts of slushy ices of water, ammonia and methane.
  • The famous British astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781.
  • Uranus orbits the Sun spinning on its side because of a large collision in its distant past.
  • Uranus is the coldest planet in our Solar System with lows of -375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Uranus has 27 moons and at least 13 rings.

Voyager 2
Launch Date: August 20, 1977
Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to study all four of the solar system’s giant planets at close range. Source: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/voyager-2/in-depth/

Source: NASA/JPL
Published: December 18, 1986
This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 on January 14th 1986 from a distance of approximately 7.8 milllion miles ( 12.7 million km).

Source: NASA/JPL
Published: January 8, 1999
This is a view of Uranus taken by Voyager 2. This image was taken through three color filters and recombined to produce the color image. JPL manages and controls the Voyager project for NASA’s Office of Space Science.

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