Uranus is a fascinating place. To this day, we still don’t know a lot about it. But what we do
know is known because of discoveries made in the scientific field of astronomy. Here are some
truly interesting facts about Uranus.
Uranus is the seventh planet, distance-wise, from our solar system’s sun. It was first discovered in 1781. While we just have a single moon, Uranus has 27 orbiting “satellites,” or moons, that we know of so far.
When the Voyager 2 satellite finally gave us a photograph of Uranus, it appeared sort of like a featureless disc. Here’s another fun bit of information: Most people don’t realize how big Uranus is! Its surface area is as large as almost 16 earths!
Uranus is very cold, with a surface temperature that clocks in at around -197 degrees Celsius. Brrrr! Scientists believe the surface ice on Uranus is composed of ammonia, water, ammonium hydrosulfide and methane hydrate. Sadly, that means that life as we know it on earth could not survive on Uranus.
Want another fun fact? Scientists now have a theory about what is buried deep in the core of
Uranus, as pictured in this meme: the Democratic Party’s self-appointed hero of the republic, Rep. Adam Schiff.