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Miscellaneuous Facts for Uranus

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Miscellaneuous Facts for Uranus

Post  yan.justin98 on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:28 pm

  • For nearly a quarter of the Uranian year, the sun shines directly over each pole, putting the other half of the planet into a long, dark winter.

  • Uranus' magnetic axis is tilted nearly 60 degrees from the planet's axis of rotation, and is also offset from the center of the planet by one-third of the planet's radius

  • Uranus has two sets of rings

  • Inner system consists of nine rings, discovered in 1977, and consists mostly of narrow, dark rings

  • Uranus has 27 known moons, named for characters from the works of William Shakespeare or Alexander Pope

  • How Uranus Got its Name
    Uranus got its name when William Herschel tried unsuccessfully to name his discovery Georgian Sidus after King George III; but instead the planet was named for Uranus, the Greek god of the sky.

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