An Overview of Planet Uranus

Uranus - Planets In Our Solar System (an overview of Uranus)According to the distance of the Sun, the planet Uranus is the seventh planet of our Solar System. It also has the third largest radius for any planet besides having the fourth-most mass in all of the planets of the Solar System. It is known to have similar compositions to that of the planet Neptune while both of them have various different abundant quantities of gases in them which categorise them among gas giants too.

Uranus can, however, also be sometimes categorised as an ice giant too. Even the atmosphere of Uranus is like that of Jupiter and Saturn due to primary compositions of Helium as well as Hydrogen while it has more ice due to water, ammonia, and methane.


While all other planets of our solar system are named or related to Roman Gods, Uranus is the only distinguished planet of the solar system to be derived from a Greek mythological figure known as Ouranos. Ouranos is the Greek God of the sky which is a Latinised version of the original.

Uranus also has a ring system and many moons to it while its rotation axis is tilted sideways unlike others. This is also why it has north and south poles where other planets usually have the Equator.


Uranus, discovered in 1981 has an orbital speed of 6.80 kilometres per second while it has a mass and volume equivalent to 14.536 Earth’s and 63.986 Earth’s respectively. It also has a gravity of 8.69 meters per second and had been mistaken for a star for many years. Uranus orbits the Sun after every 84 years of the planet Earth as it has an average distance of 3 billion kilometres.


The atmosphere or the magnetosphere has lots of hydrogen, ammonia, water, ammonium hydrosulfide, methane hydrate, methane, helium, hydrogen deuteride with a surface temperature of -197.2 degrees centigrade at 1 bar level.

This planet has banded structures, winds, and clouds while it has a troposphere and has different characteristics for its upper atmosphere. The winds here can reach speeds of 250 meters per second as it has lots of changing weather activity.

Some Interesting Facts:

The most surprising facts about Uranus are given as follows

  • Uranus is the first planet to be discovered with the usage of a telescope
  • It has 27 moons and 13 rings to be exact
  • It has the capacity to turn on its axis once after each 17 hours and 14 minutes of the earth while it rotates in an opposite direction to most of other planets of the Solar System
  • Due to its 84 years trip around the Sun, it is exposed to 42 years of direct sunlight
  • Uranus has the coldest temperature of all planets
  • The moons of Uranus have names after characters named by Alexander Pope and William Shakespeare (Oberon, Titania and Miranda)!

Therefore, if you want to impress your peers with all the amazing information you just learned about, make sure you do it soon enough.


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