This is part of a whole solar-system model that spans central Florida.

Uranus ⛢

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, after Saturn and before Neptune. Its diameter is 50,532km. Uranus’s orbital distance from the Sun is 2,870,972,220 km or 19.19AU or 2.768 light-hours.

The model of Uranus is 65.343cm in diameter, and is 37.1248km distant from the fountain dome in Lake Eola Park

Uranus and its moons are weird because its flipped on its side. Once a Uranus year, its north pole points almost directly the Sun!

The pronunciation of its name preferred among astronomers has a strong emphasis on the first syllable, not the second. Ure like in “cure”, then uh like in “about”, nuss like “fuss”.

Uranus has a complicated ring system. Because it doesn’t have ice-erupting moon like Saturn has, its rings are quite dark in comparison. Astronomers count 13 distinct rings so far, though because rings are not solid things but rocks tumbling at the same speed based on altitude, it’s deceptive to think of the rings as fixed and countable.

We know of 27 moons around Uranus. These are unusual in that they are named after Shakespeare’s or Pope’s literary characters. Five of them have enough mass that they’d be considered planets if they were not in orbit of Uranus. Their orbit is just as weirdly tilted as Uranus is.

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