The Planet Uranus
Name: Uranus was discovered by the British astronomer William Herschel in 1871. At the time King George III was on the throne in England. The astronomer wanted to name the planet George, in honor of his king. This idea proved unpopular with astronomers from other countries. Instead they decided to call it after the ancient Greek God of the Sky, Ouranos, (Uranus is another spelling of the same name). It is the only planet named after a Greek, rather than a Roman God.
Diameter: 31,764 miles/ 51119.20 Kilometers
Temperature: -350°F; -212°C
Fun Uranus Facts: What’s one weird thing about Uranus? It’s the only planet to spin on its side! Most planets are like a spinning top when pressed down. That’s how they rotate. But imagine tipping that top over and spinning its middle. That’s how Uranus rolls!
Uranus is another gas planet. Hydrogen and helium are the main gases. Scientists believe it has an icy-rather than rocky core-made up of water, methane and ammonia.
You have to use a telescope to see Uranus. When you look at it, you’ll see it has a blue –green light. Sunlight reflects from Uranus’s clouds, which lie beneath a layer of methane gas. This gives Uranus its distinctive color.
And then there’s Uranus’s funny name. The only planet that makes school children giggle the world over. However-according to NASA-it’s actually pronounced YOOR-un-us. At least that’s the only way they say it…without blushing!
Next post: Fun facts about the planet Neptune.
Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).
Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel into outer space? For the adventures…of a lifetime!
New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage
Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help. His sister is very sick. The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune. With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest. More items are needed to buy the crystal. But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens. Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?
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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews
5/5 star rating! “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com
Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace
When is a present not a present? When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto! Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon. Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help. Should Amelia venture into outer Space?
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