Today in History with Eva Halloween: 13 Facts About Uranus

Eva Halloween

March 13, 1781 – Uranus was discovered by William Herschel.

On this day in history in 1781, composer, astronomer, and general man-about-town William Herschel discovered the 7th planet in our solar system, Uranus.  Now, we’re all adults here and far too mature to laugh over the word “Uranus,” right?   Oh, no, wait.  I mean the exact opposite of that.



So in honor of 6th grade humor everywhere, here are 13 things you didn’t know about Uranus (which isn’t surprising, really, since it’s pretty dark up there and you’d need special equipment to get a close look, amirite?)

  1. The interior of Uranus is mostly made of ice and rocks.
  2. Uranus has a blue-green color due to the presence of methane.
  3. With careful observation, Uranus is visible to the naked eye.
  4. Uranus has several small rings around it made up of dark particles and ranging in color from red to blue-grey.
  5. In 2006, a dark spot was observed on Uranus.
  6. Uranus is sideways, with a slight bulge in the center.
  7. If someone were to spend a year on Uranus, it would last 84 times longer than a year on Earth.
  8. Uranus is surrounded by numerous moons.
  9. It is very cold on Uranus, with temperatures as low as -371.2°F.
  10. Uranus is 14.5 times more massive than the Earth.
  11. French astronomer Pierre Lemonnier observed Uranus multiple times in the mid-18th century.
  12. Uranus is known as a gas giant.
  13.  In 1986, Uranus was explored by NASA’s Voyager 2 interplanetary probe.

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  1. The Earl of Fuse
    The Earl of FuseReply
    March 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    If one was to observe Uranus with a telescope, would one be arrested? It’s a sobering thought…

    • Acadia
      March 14, 2013 at 12:05 am

      you would be!

    • Eva Halloween
      March 14, 2013 at 12:14 am

      The logistics of this scenario intrigue me. I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

  2. Cornmeal
    March 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Who told you about my gas giant?!?

    • Eva Halloween
      March 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

      I’ve heard Uranus is small buy mighty when it comes to that.

  3. hoodchick
    March 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Lots of people must like Uranus (since they put rings on it)

    • Eva Halloween
      March 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

      “Now put your hands up” takes on a new meaning if you’re talking about Uranus.

  4. Rog
    March 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    There’s a nice little town in Connecticut called Mianus.

    There’s a convenience store in Mianus.

    Rt 95 runs through Mianus.

    • Eva Halloween
      March 14, 2013 at 12:08 am

      That is more convenient than having it run through Uranus.

  5. Don Quikaung
    Don QuikaungReply
    March 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Uranus needs a seat warmer. I wonder since it is in Connecticut if Mianus would need one too.

    • Eva Halloween
      March 14, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Given its reputation as a gas giant, I bet Uranus is its own seat warmer.

  6. UnFormedHeart
    March 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Interesting facts 🙂

    • Eva Halloween
      March 14, 2013 at 12:10 am

      I hope it doesn’t seem awkward to have me writing so much about Uranus.

  7. Julie Maloney (@Momspective)
    Julie Maloney (@Momspective)Reply
    March 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I have a solid obsession with all things space. Watch The Weather Channel’s “Deadliest Space Weather”. Best show ever.

    • Eva Halloween
      March 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      I’m already afraid of “deadly weather” from Uranus. Not sure if I want to see it featured on TV.

  8. stacyfrazer
    March 16, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I laughed through ALL of this, just like a middle schooler…….

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