Facts_Series #11

  • Uranus was the first planet to be discovered with a telescope
  • The wind speeds of Uranus can reach 900 Km/hr
  • Neptune was mathematically predicted before it was directly observed, based on the orbit of Uranus
  • The Summer on Uranus is 42 years long.


  • Uranus' moons are named after characters from the works of Shakespeare and Alexandra Pope.
  • The Chemical element Uranium, discovered in 1789, was named after the newly discovered planet Uranus.
  • Our exploration of Uranus has been entirely through the voyager 2 spacecraft in 1985 and 86, with no other visits currently planned.
  • Uranus' axis are tilted at 98 degrees. So its north and south poles lie where most planets have equators.