Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun . It has the fourth largest planetary mass. Uranus is made of methane(a colorless,odorless gas ),hydrogen, and helium. Uranus is a really cold planet so its been called the "ice giant."
Uranus was once mistaken as a star because of its slow orbit and of its dimness (meaning not clear or not much light).William Herschel was the first one to discover Uranus with a telescope and on March 18,1781.
Uranus is the only planet that was derived from Greek mythology .In the Chinese,Japanese,Korean languages,Uranus is translated as the “sky king star.”
Astronomers have developed various symbols to stand for celestial (astronomical) object.it has a circle with a dot inside and an arrow representing Mars' spear.
The Rings of Uranus
The rings of Uranus were discovered by an astronomical team ; James L. Elliot(main person) , Edward W. Dunham , and Douglas J. Mink.They noticed that the rings are very dark and thin.Now the astronomers know that Uranus has 13 unusual rings.Some are brighter and some are darker.
James Ludlow Elliot
The rings of Uranus continued
The names of some of the rings are 6 , 5 , 4 , Alpha , Beta , Eta , Gamma , Delta , Lambda , and Epsilon
The moons of Uranus
Uranus has 6 major moons but in total it has 27 moons.The six moons are Puck , Miranda , Ariel , Umbriel , Titania , and Oberon.Titania is the largest moon of Uranus and Miranda is the smallest moon of Uranus.
Only one safe mission has flown to Uranus, the Voyager 2. Voyager 2 is a space probe (an instrument used to explore space) that was launched in 1977 and it discovered 10 new moons.The closest it got was 81,500 kilometers (50,600 miles) away from the cloud tops of Uranus.
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