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Important facts of Uranus:

Uranus location in the Solar System:

The seventh planet from the Sun is Uranus. It’s named on the Greek god of the sky, Uranus, who, according to Greek mythology, was the grandfather of Zeus (Jupiter) and father of Cronus (Saturn). It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System. Uranus is similar in composition to Neptune, and both have bulk chemical compositions which differ from that of the larger gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.

Like the other giant planets, Uranus has a ring system, a magnetosphere, and numerous moons. The Uranian system has a unique configuration because its axis of rotation is tilted sideways, nearly into the plane of its solar orbit. Its north and south poles, therefore, lie where most other planets have their equators.

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The average distance of the Uranus from the Sun is about 1.8 billion miles (2.9 billion kilometers).

 This distance is equivalent to 19.8 Astronomical Unit.

Uranus Diameter is 50,724 km.

Physical Features of Uranus: 

Mean Radius

25,362 km

Equatorial Diameter                                      

50,724 km

Circumference (on Equator)               

159,354.1 km

Total Surface Area

8.1156×10^9 km² (15.91 Earths)


8.6810×10²⁵ kg (14.536 Earths)

Surface Gravity

8.69 m/s² (34.3 ft/s^2)

Escape Velocity                                

21.3 km/s  

Rotation Time

 17 h 14 min 24 s (0.72 days)

Equatorial rotation velocity

2.59 km/s (9,320 km/h)

Orbital Period

84.0205 Year ( 30,688.5 day) 42,718 Uranian solar days

Average Orbital speed

6.80 km/s (24480 Km/h) or 15,233 miles/h

Angle of Inclination on orbit

0.76986 degree

Axle Tilt

97.77 degrees

Five Important facts of Uranus

Uranus Rotation & Revolution

1.     The average distance of the Uranus from the Sun is about 1.8 billion miles (2.9 billion                 kilometers).

2.     Uranus rotates counter clockwise axis.  

3.     The Uranus takes 17 h 14 min 24 s (0.72 days) to complete one rotation.

        The Uranus rotates counter clockwise on its axis at a speed of 2.59 km/s (9,320 km/h)

4.     Uranus takes 84.0205 Year ( 30,688.5 day) or 42,718 Uranian solar days to complete one          revolution of the             Sun.  

        The Uranus revolves around the Sun and at a speed of 6.80 km/s (24480 Km/h) or 15,233         miles/h

5.     The Uranus's axis tilts to 97.77 degrees

Physical characteristics

Uranus's mass is about 14.5 times that of Earth, making it the least massive of the giant planets. Uranus diameter is slightly larger than Neptune's at about four times that of Earth. After Saturn Uranus is a least dense planet, resulting density of 1.27 g/cm3.This value indicates that it is made primarily of various ices, such as water, ammonia, and methane. Hydrogen and helium constitute only a small part of the total, with between 0.5 and 1.5 Earth masses. The remainder of the non-ice mass (0.5 to 3.7 Earth masses) is accounted for by rocky material.. 

Atmosphere of Uranus

Uranus's atmosphere is similar to Jupiter's and Saturn's in its primary composition of hydrogen and helium, but it contains more "ices" such as water, ammonia, and methane, along with traces of other hydrocarbons. Uranus has the coldest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System, with a minimum temperature of 49 K (−224 °C; −371 °F), and has a complex, layered cloud structure with water thought to make up the lowest clouds and methane the uppermost layer of clouds. The interior of Uranus is mainly composed of ices and rock.


No evidence for life has been found on Uranus.  





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