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Modern Space Exploration: Uranus

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Uranus Nat Geo


quick facts

Quick Facts

17 hours 14 minutes

84 Earth years

15,759.2 miles | 25,362 kilometers

Planet Type
Ice Giant


Facts about Uranus

Interesting Facts About Uranus


  • Uranus is known as the “sideways planet” because it rotates on its side.
  • Uranus was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel.
  • Uranus was the first planet found using a telescope.
  • Uranus is an Ice Giant planet and nearly four times larger than Earth.
  • Uranus has 27 known moons, most of which are named after literary characters.
  • Like Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune, Uranus is a ringed planet.