Uranus| | By Evan, Aidan and Miley! :)
Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, and has the third-largest diameter in our solar system. It was the first planet found with the aid of a telescope, Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel, although he originally thought it was either a comet or a star.
It was two years later that the object was universally accepted as a new planet, in part because of observations by astronomer Johann Elert Bode. Herschel tried unsuccessfully to name his discovery Georgium Sidus after King George III. Instead, the scientific community accepted Bode's suggestion to name it Uranus, the Greek god of the sky, as suggested by Bode.
DID YOU KNOW?
Uranus is surrounded by a set of 13 rings.
Uranus is an ice giant (instead of a gas giant). It is mostly made of flowing icy materials above a solid core. Uranus is the only planet that spins on its side. People believe that a planet or a meteor crashed into it making it topple to the side. Uranus is made of water mixed with methane and ammonia fluids with a small rocky centre. The atmosphere is made of helium, methane and hydrogen. The sunlight goes into the atmosphere and is reflected back into Uranus.
Uranus ,The seventh planet from the Sun and the third Planet discovered, may initially look like a bland, blue-green ball. But there's a lot to love about the icy giant, from its 13 rings to its 27 known moons to the fact that it may even rain DIAMONDS from its hazy atmosphere.
When it was accepted as a planet years later, Herschel lobbied to call the discovery Georgium Sidus after King George III.both Instead, it got its official name from the Greek god of the sky, Uranus, who was both son and husband to Gaea, the goddess of Earth. A day on Uranus is 17hours 8 less then an earth day, a year 30,688.5 and the orbital period is 84 YEARS! Uranus was formed at the same time as the rest of the Solar System, from a large spinning disk of gas and dust. Astronomers think that all this happened about 4.6 billion years ago! So Uranus is about 4.6 billion years old!