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URANUS. By Nick Towers. The Name. Uranus got its name from the god of the sky. Uranus means “father of the titans” in Greek Mythology. Discovery. First planet discovered in modern times. Discovered by William Herschel on March 13, 1781.

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uranus

URANUS

By Nick Towers

the name
The Name
  • Uranus got its name from the god of the sky.
  • Uranus means “father of the titans” in Greek Mythology.
discovery
Discovery
  • First planet discovered in modern times.
  • Discovered by William Herschel on March 13, 1781.
  • Uranus was spotted many other times, but it was looked at as a star.
planet measurements
Planet Measurements

Mass: 8.683e25 kg

Volume: 68,330,000,000,000 km

Density: 1.27 g/cm

Gravity: 8.69 m/s

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float or sink in water
Float or Sink in Water
  • Uranus would float in water because of its low density.
  • It is the second least dense planet in the solar system.
atmosphere
Atmosphere
  • Icy atmosphere
  • 83% hydrogen
  • 15% helium
  • 2% methane
  • Thick atmosphere
distance
Distance
  • Uranus is the 7th planet from the sun.
  • 2,877,000,000 km from the Sun.
  • 2,057,000,000 km from Earth.
orbit and rotation
Orbit and Rotation
  • Takes 84 earth years to orbit the sun.
  • Takes 17 hours and 14 minutes to rotate on its own axis.
temperature
Temperature
  • -243 to -370 degrees F
  • The temperature on Uranus is much colder than on earth.
composition appearance
Composition/Appearance
  • Uranus is a gas giant because its surface lacks a solid.
  • The internal composition contains hydrogen, helium, and methane.
  • Uranus is one of the outer planets. Uranus looks very similar to Neptune. Uranus is a blue/green color. It has rings orbiting it, but they are hard to see.
rings
Rings

There are rings around Uranus , but they are very difficult to see. James Elliot, Edward Dunham, and Douglas Mink discovered it when Uranus passed in front of a star and was noticed that there were dips in the brightness.

  • 13 rings, Color: Blue-ish, clear. It is made of Black dust particles, large rocks, and helium.
water
Water
  • Not sure, but astronomers suspect there could have been lots of water.
weather
Weather
  • It is beyond freezing cold.
  • It is the coldest planet in the

Solar System.

moons
Moons
  • Uranus does have moons orbit around it.
  • There are 27 moons
something specia l
Something Special
  • Uranus rotates from top to bottom unlike all of the other planets which rotate side to side.
  • Uranus is the coldest planet in the Solar System.
  • Uranus has rings.
  • It was the first planet discovered in modern times.
  • Uranus is the 7th planet from the sun.
bibliography
Bibliography

Cain, Fraser. "Interesting Facts About Uranus." Universe Today RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2014.

"The Planet Uranus." The Planet Uranus. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2014.

"What Is the Temperature of Uranus?" Space.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2014.