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The planet Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. Like the other outer planets, it is made of gas and is larger than the inner planets. Uranus has a diameter of 51,118 km measured through the equator. Also, it has a large number of satellites. 27 moons circle Uranus, many of which were found when Voyager 2 visited it in 1986. Besides moons, Uranus also has 11 faint rings around itself.

One of the strangest features of Uranus is its tilt on its axis. Instead of having an axis tilted up and down, its axis is directling facing the sun. This means that the poles of Uranus recieve more sunlight than the equitorial region. Nevertheless, Uranus' equitorial region is still warmer (for unknown reasons...)

Uranus was first discovered by William Herschel in 1781. Using a telescope, he proved Uranus to be a planet and not a star like most astronomers of the time believed. Herschel named it the Georgium Sidus, but later the name was changed to Uranus to fit the pattern of mythological names. Hopefully, we can learn why Uranus has such strange climates and find the answer to all its mysteries.