Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. It is the third of the outer planets. Like Saturn and Jupiter, Uranus has a very short day. One day on Uranus is only 17 hours long. A year on Uranus is VERY long. One Uranus year is 84 Earth years! It takes Uranus 84 years to orbit the sun one time! That means Uranus goes all the way around the sun ONCE in our lifetime!

Uranus has more moons than any other planet in our solar system. So far, 20 moons have been discovered! 18 of these are "for sures". The other 2 are still being studied to make sure they are moons. This picture shows Uranus and some of its moons. You can see that Uranus has rings like Saturn and Jupiter. They are not colorful or easy to see. Uranus's rings are very thin.

Uranus is made of methane ice. Methane is usually a gas on Earth, but it is so cold on Uranus that it is frozen into ice. Uranus's atmosphere is mostly made of methane gas. There so many clouds made of methane in the atmosphere, that they cover the whole planet. Uranus looks bluish-green because its atmosphere is made of methane. Weather on Uranus is mostly winds that move through the atmosphere. Winds on Uranus can blow up to about 320 miles an hour!!

An odd fact about Uranus is that it "lays on its side". Its north and south poles are in the middle instead of on the top and on the bottom. Here is a picture that shows this. Uranus sort of looks like a ball that got squished in the middle!

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Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter
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Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto


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Article by: Mr. Jayesh Dave
Date Write: 02 June, 2012