Name is derived from the ancient Greek God of the Heavens.
This planet has an unusual blue-green colour. This colour comes from methane which is present in abundance in hydrogen–helium atmosphere of the planet.
Rings of Uranus are narrow and are only a few km wide. Some astronomers opine that these rings are young are possibly relatively recent. The planet has 13 rings.
Uranus has 27 moons.
The planet has an equatorial circumference of 159,354 km (99039 miles) and an orbit distance of 2,870,658,186 km (1.784 billion miles), which is 19.22 Astronomical Units.
This planet is the coldest planet in solar system with an atmospheric temperature of -224 degrees centigrade and surface temperature of -197 degrees centigrade. Methane haze covers the upper atmosphere of the planet.
It is the only planet that spins on its side (like a barrel)! Scientists think that this is due to a collision millions of years ago.
Discovered in 1781 by English astronomer William Herschel. He named it Georgium Sidus in honour of King George III, the planet was renamed in the mid 19th century.
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