Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and is named after the Greek God of the sky in latin. It is the only planet whose name came from a figure in Greek mythology as opposed to Roman mythology.
Uranus Facts You Might Not Know About
- Because of the strange way it spins, nights on some parts of Uranus can last for more than 40 years.
- The planet's most extraordinary feature is the tilt of its rotational axis, which is almost perpendicular to the plane of the eclipitc, which means that it alternately has its north pole and its south pole turned towards the sun.
- Even though Neptune is further from the sun, Uranus is the coldest planet in the solar system.
- Uranus has 27 known satellites.
- In many Asian languages, Uranus' name is translated into “Sky king star”.
- Uranus mass is more than 14 times larger than Earth.
- Uranus and Neptune are both known as Ice Giants.
- It is the second least dense planet after Saturn.
- The planet was discovered in 1781 by William Hershel.
- It takes 30,685 Earth days for Uranus to complete an orbit around the sun.