Thursday, December 22, 2011

Solar System: Uranus

I'm getting close to done, and just in time for Christmas!
  • Uranus wasn't discovered to be a planet until March 13, 1781.
  • Uranus has only been visited by a single spacecraft: Voyager 2 in 1986.
  • Uranus spins on an axis nearly perpendicular with its axis of rotation around the sun. When visited by Voyager 2, its south pole was pointed towards the Sun.
  • There are rings around Uranus, but they, like its axis of rotation, are nearly perpendicular to its orbit around the Sun.
  • Even though it isn't the farthest planet out, it is the coldest planet in our solar system (below -200 C).
The Nine Planets
Universe Today

1 comment:

Maxus said...

You forgot in your factoids:

Used as the "butt" of many jokes. Thats right, I'm talkin' 'bout Ur-Anus

Yea I've been waiting a long time to post that comment...