10 Real and Important Tips about Uranus

From its discovery in the sky to its unique tilt that sends it apart and more join me as we show you uranus facts and history.

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Its discovery before diving into the various facts about uranus and how it quite possibly became what it is today we need to first understand how it got discovered because it's a tale that is rather familiar when it comes to the outer planets you see Uranus has been observed on many occasions before its recognition as a planet but it was generally mistaken for a star many other planets and dwarf planets had similar misidentifications because of their distance from the Sun and the earth and their slowed orbits more on that later possibly the earliest.

known observation was by Hipparchus who in 128 BC might have recorded it as a star for his star catalog that was later incorporated into ptolemies Almagest the earliest definite sighting was in 1690 when John Flamsteed observed it at least six times cataloging it as 34 tour I the French astronomer Pierre Charles the Monet observed Uranus at least 12 times between 1750 and 1769 including on four consecutive nights oh but it didn't stop there though far from it Sir William Herschel observed Uranus on march 13th 1781 from the garden of his house in Bath Somerset England

which is now the Herschel Museum of astronomy and initially reported it in April 1781 as a comet with a telescope Herschel engaged in a series of observations on the parallax of the fixed stars this is infinitely ironic because of the fame of Herschel and his discoveries of other major celestial objects in the sky but most of all he kept asserting it was a comet to everyone that mattered although one time he did liken it to a planet the power I had on when I first saw the comet was 227 from experience

I know that the diameters of the fixed stars are not proportionately magnified with their higher powers as planets are therefore I now put the powers at 460 and 932 and found that the diameter of the comet increased in proportion to the power it ought to be on the supposition of it not being a fixed star while the diameters of the stars to which I compared it were not increased in the same ratio moreover the comet being magnified much beyond what its light would admit of appeared hazy and ill-defined with these great powers while the Stars preserve that luster and distinctness 

10 Real and Important Tips about Uranus

which for many thousand observations I knew they would retain the sequel has shown that my surmises were well-founded this proving to be the comet we have lately observed oops things only got worse later on Herschel notified the astronomer royal Nevil Maskelyne of his discovery and received this flummoxed reply from him I don't know what to call it it is as likely to be a regular planet moving in an orbit nearly circular to the Sun as a comet moving in a very eccentric ellipses I've not yet seen any comma or tail to it Herschel though refused to believe it was anything other than a comet but other astronomers out there

we're starting to get wise to the fact that this could be something else like you know a planet Finnish Swedish astronomer Anders Johann Lexel working in Russia was the first to compute the orbit of the new object it's nearly circular orbit led him to a conclusion that it was a planet rather than a comet Berlin astronomer Johann Ehlert bode described Herschel's discovery as a moving star that can be deemed a hitherto unknown planet like objects circulating beyond the orbit of Saturn bode concluded that

it's near circular orbit was more like a planets than a comet's the object was soon universally accepted as a new planet and even Herschel had to admit it after a while and note to Joseph banks that he was wrong and that other astronomers had done right by labeling it a planet astronomy wasn't what it is right now back then there technologies mixed with their understanding of the universe was limited for them to find Uranus and track its movements in 1781 is astounding so it's understandable that they could get the classification wrong

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10 Real and Important Tips about Uranus

Its name when you think about the seventh planet from the Sun your eyes and mine no doubt go to its name Uranus which as we'll explain later has become the butt of many jokes but back when the planet was truly found that wasn't the intention at all the name of Uranus references the ancient Greek deity of the sky Uranus the father of Cronus Saturn and grandfather of Zeus Jupiter consensus on the name was not reached until almost 70 years after the planets discovery which is a very long time

when you consider how long the other planets took to get their name during the original discussions following discovery masc asked Herschel to do the astronomical world the favor to give a name to your planet which is entirely your own and which we are so much obliged to you for the discovery of in response to masculine requests Herschel decided to name the object georgium sidess George's star or the georgian planet in honor of his new patron King George the third he explained this decision

In a letter to Joseph Banks in the fabulous ages of ancient times the appellations of Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter and Saturn were given to the planets as being the names of their principal heroes and divinities in the present more philosophical era it would hardly be allowable to have recourse to the same method and call it Juno Pallas Apollo or Minerva for a name to aren't new heavenly body the first consideration of any particular event or remarkable incident seems to be

its chronology if in any future age it should be asked when this last found planet was discovered it would be a very satisfactory answer to say in the reign of King George the third while that may have seemed logical to him the rest of the world didn't agree mainly because it was a British king getting the name and the rest of the world didn't think that was right thus other names were suggested by people from all over Iran eclis someone thought 

10 Real and Important Tips about Uranus

it should be named Herschel because it was he who discovered it just as ironic someone felt it would be good to name it Neptune and had a lot of support around that name in a March 1782 treatise bond proposed Uranus the latinized version of the Greek god of the sky or nose bowed argued that the same should follow the mythology so as not to stand out as different from the other planets and that Uranus was an appropriate name as the father of the first generation of the Titans

he also noted that elegance of the name in that just as Saturn was the father of Jupiter the new planet should be named after the father of Saturn many agreed and thus Uranus was the most widely accepted name however because of a holdout the HM nautical Almanac office the name was not truly universally accepted until 1850 so as you can see finding a planet is hard naming a planet in those days that was even harder in some ways before we continue to break down the facts and figures of Uranus.

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Orbits and rotations and seasons focusing now on the planet itself Uranus is a dichotomy of curiosity when it comes to its orbits and rotations why is that because if you look at its daily rotation it's only 17 hours long which means a day there isn't even as long as a day on earth however when you get into its orbit around the Sun it takes 84 years to go one full rotation think about that that means that one full orbit for Uranus can be equivalent to an entire human life if not longer when you look at the average of it all this combined with its unique tilt also makes the planet very unique in terms of its seasons the planets North Pole experiences 21 years of night time in winter 21 years of daytime and summer and 42 years of day and night in the spring and fall.

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Funny tilt as the series Schoolhouse Rock adequately noted in their song inner planet Janet Uranus is built on a funny tilt which is 100% accurate because unlike every single planet in our solar system Uranus is sideways in the literal fashion this was proven by many metrics but the biggest one being its rings they're perfectly vertical unlike Saturn or other planets we know of then have horizontal rings most times furthermore this was proven when studying its axis which are tilted 98 degrees relative to the plane of the solar system meaning it essentially spins on its side no other planet

In the solar system is tilted as much Jupiter is tilted by about three degrees for example and Earth by about 23 degrees but what caused this no one is really sure however certain scientists and astronomers from Japan suggests that a cosmic impact may be to blame not only that they think that this cosmic impact could have not just put Uranus on a funny tilt but also helped make its many moons given that none of the other planets in our solar system have this kind of a tilt it's fair to say that they might be right in their notion of an impact causing Uranus to be like this

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10 Real and Important Tips about Uranus

Atmosphere Uranus is atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium with a small amount of methane and traces of water and ammonia this methane gives Uranus its signature blue color while the probe Voyager 2 saw only a few discreet clouds a great dark spot and a small dark spot during its flyby in 1986 more recent observations reveal that Uranus exhibits dynamic clouds as it approaches Equinox including rapidly changing bright features Uranus is planetary atmosphere with a minimum temperature of 49 Kelvin - 224 point 2 degrees Celsius makes it even colder than Neptune in some places wind speeds can reach up to 560 miles per hour or not 100 km/h on Uranus winds are retrograde at the equator blowing in the reverse direction of the planets rotation but closer to the poles winds shift to a pro-grade direction flowing with Uranus's rotation

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Pop culture Uranus is the butt of more than a few jokes and witty and not so witty puns but it's also a frequent destination in various fictional stories such as the video game Mass Effect and TV shows like Doctor Who the radioactive element uranium was named after Uranus when it was discovered in 1789 just eight years after the planet was discovered in anime Uranus has a very special place in history by the show Sailor Moon Uranus was one of two sailors who came later in the series and the character of Uranus was gay alongside Neptune.

But in the American version of the show they were cousins what's more as if to showcase the uniqueness of Uranus and show that she liked the planet was sideways in certain measures she dressed like a guy when not in fighter form by wearing suits in the sports world on the show pardon the interruption host Tony Kornheiser wastes no chance to make a Uranus joke why because he can and he loves to do it and he's not the only one as we've noted even massive fact had a bit where they had a Uranus joke when you probe the planet for materials in Mass Effect 2 because of its name regardless of the origins and meaning of it Uranus will always be made fun of by those who want a quick joke.

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Magnetosphere Uranus has an unusual irregularly shaped magnetosphere magnetic fields are typically in alignment with the planets rotation but Uranus's magnetic field is tipped over the magnetic axis is tilted nearly 60 degrees from the planets axis of rotation and is also offset from the center of the planet by one-third of the planet's radius Aurora's on Uranus are not in line with the poles like they are on earth Jupiter and Saturn due to the lopsided magnetic field the magnetosphere tail behind Uranus opposite the Sun extends into space for millions of miles its magnetic field lines are twisted by Uranus's sideways rotation into a long corkscrew shape

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10 Real and Important Tips about Uranus

Rings Uranus has two sets of rings the inner system of nine rings consists mostly of narrow dark grey rings there are two outer rings the innermost one is reddish like dusty rings elsewhere in the solar system and the outer ring is blue like Saturn's earring in order of increasing distance from the planet the Rings are called Zeta six five four Alpha Beta Beta Gamma Delta Lambda Epsilon nu and mu some of the larger rings are surrounded by belts of fine dust.

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Moons Uranus is one of many planets in our solar system that have many moons at present counted has 27 their composition is stated to be half water ice and half rock which could have some potential for things in the future if we're able to study them and get closer than we can right now another thing that separates the moons of Uranus from others is that their names are different if you look at the grand scale of the solar system we're in you'll see that the planets and moons

That are named are God's deities and other beings of mythology but not Uranus its moons are named after Shakespearean characters and ones written by Alexander pub showing that even when it comes to names Uranus is not like the other planets thanks for watching everyone what did you think of this look at the history of Uranus and various facts that are associated with it were you surprised by some of the revelations around Uranus.

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