Like the planet Neptune, the planet Uranus was not discovered by ancient civilizations. Uranus was discovered by William Herschel, a British astronomer in 1781.
In 1789, the chemical Uranium was discovered, it was named after the planet Uranus by Martin Heinrich Klaproth, a German chemist.
Discovery Of Planet Uranus:
The Uranus is the 1st planet to be discovered with the help of telescope!
In 1690, John Falmsteed discovered Uranus with the help of a telescope. He wrongly attributed it to a star in the constellation of Taurus.
On March 13, 1781 William Herschel, a British astronomer discovered the planet. Initially, he thought it to be comet but later confirmed that it was a planet.
Facts About Planet Uranus:
- Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun.
The distance of Uranus from the Sun is 1.783 billion miles.
- Uranus is a gas giant.
The planet Uranus is mainly made of helium and hydrogen gas, like the other gas giants. The other three gas giants are Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.
- Uranus is blue–green in color.
In the upper atmosphere the temperature is very cold. The methane gas condenses and forms a thin layer, giving a blue-green color to the planet Uranus.
- Uranus rotates on its sides.
It has the most unusual tilt of all the planets. The Uranus is tilted 98º hence, Uranus rotates sideways rather than its axis. If all planets are rotating like a top Uranus rotates like a ball.
- The rotation of Uranus is retrograde.
Leaving Uranus and Venus all planets rotate in anti-clockwise direction. The rotation of Uranus on its axis is clockwise that is from west to east.
- Uranus has thirteen known rings.
The rings are made of rocks, ice and dust. The rings measure few km. They are named using numerical value and Greek symbols. They are 1986U2R/ζ, 6, 5, 4, α, β, η, γ, δ, λ, ε, ν, and μ.
- Uranus is a cold planet.
The Uranus is far from the Sun so it never gets warm. The minimum temperature of the planet Uranus is -224ºC (-435°F).
- Uranus is the biggest ice giant planet.
There are two ice giant planets. They are Uranus & Neptune. Uranus is the biggest ice giant planet.
- The speed of the wind is extreme in Uranus.
The wind blows at a speed of 900 km per hour.
- Uranus has 27 moons.
The 27 moons have been confirmed for the planet Uranus. There are four large moons they are Ariel, Miranda, Oberon, Titania and Umbriel.
Planet Uranus Statistics:
|Tilt of Axis||98º|
|Distance from Sun||2872.5×106 km|
|Rotation Period||17 hrs. 14 min.|
|Revolution Period||84.01 Earth years|