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Uranus and its 5 major moons (Titania, Oberon, Ariel, Umbriel, and Miranda)

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun; it is an ice giant.


Uranus is a large planet, with a diameter of 50,724 km. It is composed of mostly Hydrogen and Helium and contains trace amounts of Methane and Hydrogen Sulphide. Uranus has powerful winds up to 901.2 kilometers per hour. Furthermore, Uranus gets as cold as -227 oC. Uranus is so dim in the sky, it was recognized as a star for a very long time until 1783, when William Herschel (also discoverer of IC 1101) discovered it. Uranus's axis is tilted more than 90 degrees. Uranus has 13 rings; all of which are faint. Uranus has 27 moons, some of them named after Shakespeare's characters; the six largest ones are Ariel, Umbriel, Oberon, Titania, Puck, and Miranda.

Uranus is named after Uranus, the god of the sky in Greek mythology and the son and spouse of Gaia (planet Earth). He was based on the Babylonian god Anu.