All About Uranus

All About Uranus

The first planet to have been discovered in recent times, the planet Uranus, named after the Greek god of the sky, is the third largest planet in our solar system. Uranus is an extremely interesting planet, so VideoJug presents you with many Uranus facts in this short film.

Uranus is the third largest planet in the solar system. It is 3 billion km from the Sun lying between Saturn and Neptune.

It is named after the Greek God of the sky.

Uranus was the first Planet to be discovered in modern times.

Although it is just possible to see Uranus with the naked eye under ideal circumstances, it was the musician and mathematician Sir William Herschel who formally identified Uranus In March 1781.

Uranus is a giant gas planet. It is 51200km in diameter, but is made of 83% hydrogen and 15% helium.

The strange thing about Uranus is that it is tilted over on one side to 98º. This means that Uranus rolls around the Sun on its side.

For one half of a Uranus' year, about 42 years, the ‘North' of Uranus is facing the sun and is in constant sunlight while the ‘South' is in darkness.

Then for next 42 years the situation is reversed and the ‘Southern' hemisphere gets all the light.

Uranus has a faint ring system, also discovered by Herschel.

It has over 27 satellites, most of them not much bigger than large rocks, but 5 of them have been given names taken from Shakespeare.

Uranus has only ever been visited once by a space craft, NASA's Voyager 2 flew past in 1986. There are currently no plans to visit Uranus in the near future.