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  • Joyce Morse

    Uranus - Wider View This wider view of Uranus reveals the planet's faint rings and several of its satellites. NASA/ESA and Erich Karkoschka, University of Arizona

  • DV Honeyman

    Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System

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Uranus~I had not been aware that this planet had rings. Now I am informed that Neptune also has rings. Hmmm

Uranus a beautiful planet indeed--7th planet from the Sun. It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System. Uranus is similar in composition to Neptune...both are different chemical composition than the larger gas giants Jupiter and Saturn. For this reason, astronomers sometimes place them in a separate category called "ice giants"...

"Unlike Uranus and Ceres, Neptune was not discovered by accident. It was proposed that a planet beyond Uranus could account for irregularities in Uranus' orbit. Independently, two astronomers, John Couch Adams in England and Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier in France, calculated the position of this yet unknown planet." - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Uranus: the planet shines faintly, is greatly tilted on its axis, and has icy rings. Scientists say that this planet is so consistent in its color that it doesn't look real.

taken on November 14th 2009 at 3:52 am. Using the 98 in Hooker telescope, here is the planet Uranus the seventh planet from the son and 2.57 billion km away from earth.

Hubble Image Of Uranus

Uranus is the third largest planet in our Solar System. Uranus has nine major rings and 27 known moons. This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in infrared reveals cloud structures not normally visible. Methane gas in the upper atmosphere absorbs red light, giving the planet its blue-green color. Uranus is spinning on its side, probably because of a collision with a large object early in the Solar System's history.

bright spot on Uranus is probably an anvil cloud of methane... this planet has been the butt of jokes for too long