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“When Uranus is outlawed only outlaws will have Uranus.”
Uranus is full of smelly gas. In fact, it is a planet of gas, big and hairy and has a blissful bluish color to it which can be easily seen in the photograph.
Uranus does possess a ring system but compared to Saturn, it is nowhere near as spectacular. The scientific community calls this, "Rather a shame".
Uranus was discovered March 13, 1781 by the British astronomer Sir William "Deadeye" Herschel (1738 - 1822). On that particular night, Herschel had a profound belief he was in for some extraordinary observations. Unfortunately, his gorgeous neighbor pulled her curtains down and so he reluctantly turned the telescope skyward only to discover the planet Uranus. Although this achievement brought him scientific distinction and acclaim, Herschel always wondered what might have been seen on that fateful night if his neighbor decided on being a little less modest.
At first, Herschell wanted to name his discovery the "Georgian Planet" in honor of King George III, his patron. (Yes, even back in those days, sucking up to the boss was as common as it is today.) Despite Herschell's constant "brown-nosing" efforts, this planetary name never "caught on" but it did lead to his fellow scientists referring to him as "Sir Suck Up".
edit Physical features of Uranus
The distance from the Sun to Uranus is 2.871 x 109 km. The average distance from the Earth to Uranus is around 3 feet.
Compared to the Earth, the diameter of Uranus is about 4 times wider, its mass is 14.5 larger
and its distance from the Sun is about 19 times
further farther more distanter. It is worth noting (or worth nothing?) that despite Jupiter being clearly larger in diameter and mass, 9 out of 10 students at local universities always name Uranus as being the biggest... the answer as to why this size-discrepancy phenomenon occurs is still unknown.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Uranus (apart from its goofy name) is the fact that it has an axial tilt of 98° compared to Earth's 23.5° tilt. To find the reason for this abnormality we went to the Gary Busey Institute of Advanced Astrophysics (and Tattoo Emporium), and spoke with Dr. Helen Hunt. She replied "you mean somebody actually wants to know that?" and then abruptly walked away. So, basically, if you want to know the reason for that axial tilt, you'll have to go to Helen Hunt for it. (say it aloud).
Uranus has 27 moons the first 2 of which (Titania and Oberon) were discovered by "Deadeye" Herschel. These moons along with Miranda, Ariel and Umbriel break with tradition and are not named after Greek or Roman mythological characters. Instead, these names are those from the works of British authors William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Hmmmm, since Herschel was a British citizen, could he have had some influence in once again trying to promote all things British? (Can you say Sir Suck Up)?
Because Uranus is 19 times more distant from the Sun than the Earth, it receives a mere .00277 the amount of sunlight. This does not mean that Uranus is the proverbial "place where the Sun don't shine." Basically, the Sun does shine on Uranus - but not a heck of a lot.
edit Planetary symbol
The planetary symbol for Uranus is ⛢ while others prefer using this symbol ♅
According to a recent survey of fifth graders, they selected this symbol ☾☽ along with the comment "Now THAT'S Uranus!!"
edit Planetary data
- Stripyness : 43%. Caused by occasional scraping of rings
- Mass : -8.61 x 1025 kg (-14.54 Earth mass). Note that this is negative, because Uranus spins backwards
- Equatorial diameter : 1ft 4in (406.4 mm), more or less.
- Gravitational acceleration at surface : Unknown. The planet is so squishy, no-one really knows where the surface is
- Chroma : 0.29. This corresponds to a fetching shade of powder blue
- Spin : See The Guardian
edit Objects entering Uranus
By 2007, NASA sent 7 not-so-sweet specialized robots into Uranus.
edit Objects leaving Uranus
Many objects have been recorded leaving Uranus. These can be split into two main categories, Brown and Man-made. Following a good curry, brown objects can be propelled out at several miles an hour, providing they stay together and don't disintegrate into a 'runny' phase. Objects that leave Uranus never come back.
Man-made objects may include marbles, crayons, gerbils, melons (should you rather poo one than urinate a marble). Once, in 1977, several Klingons were seen around Uranus but they left after the use of paper products.
Poisonous gases (methane), found in Uranus' thick, smelly atmosphere, also tend to leave Uranus at a high frequency, especially after meals of bacon.
edit True nature of Uranus
Recently it has been discovered that Uranus is not a planet, but actually a black hole. But unlike most black holes, in which nothing can escape, everything eventually comes out of Uranus as dark matter. The eventual fate of the universe is to be filled with dark matter that came from Uranus. It may seem to be pollution; however, it is quite healthy.
edit Uranus in popular culture
The film Journey To The Seventh Planet takes place on Uranus.
The game DDR features Uranus, which really only makes the game that much more disgusting.
Popular singer Fred Astaire once released a song titled Fly Me To Uranus but was forced to pull it when audiences chuckled dryly and several well-dressed society matrons fainted into the arms of their muscluar chauffers.
edit Future colonization of Uranus
In the future man will one day design a giant space capsule that will sustain humans all throughout the flight to Uranus. Once there, humans will work side by side with the locals and create huge forests where pumpkins the size of planets will be grown. The USS Fingers will be the first ship to go to Uranus. It is named for Captain Fingers, who discovered gaseous vents on the Island of Buttcrack.
|Confirmed (Solar System): Sun | Mercury | Venus | Earth (The Moon) | Mars | Jupiter | Saturn | Uranus | Neptune|
|Confirmed (Extrasolar): Darwin IV | Discworld | Milky Way | Planet of the Apes | Planet Google | Planet Hollywood | Pizza Planet | Dystopia | Techneta | Roseanne|
|Dwarf planets: Pluto | 2003 UB313 | Jay Leno's Chin | Xanax|
|Unconfirmed: Garnox | Unicron|
|Denied by CIA and IAU: Neopia | MyAnus | YourAnus|
|In a galaxy far, far away: Alderaan | Coruscant | Tatooine | Kamino | Endor | Naboo | Bespin | Death Star|
|Members of the Federation: Vulcan | Qo'noS|