Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Top 11 Interesting Facts About Uranus

Learned Foot is not the first person who comes to mind when I think of astronomy, therefore I was surprised when he called on everyone to blog for Uranus today, in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of Voyager 2's closest pass to the planet. To encourage Learned Foot’s newfound interest in science, I hereby join in with the top 11 interesting facts about Uranus (Sources: NASA and Wikipedia).

11. Discoverer of Uranus: Sir William Herschel

10. Escape velocity from Uranus: 47,620 mph

9. Orbital Eccentricity of Uranus: 0.047168

8. Number of moons orbiting Uranus: 27

7. Best name of a moon orbiting Uranus: Sycorax

6. Oblateness of Uranus: 0.0229

5. Average Surface Temperature of Uranus: 68K

4. Surface pressure of Uranus: 120 kPa

3. Longitude of ascending node of Uranus: 74.22988 degrees

2. Polar radius of Uranus: 24,973 km

1. Percent of Methane in the atmosphere of Uranus: 1.99%


Anonymous Neil Armstrong said...

mmmmmmmmmm..Methane from Uranus.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous john f not kerry said...

Does all that methane cause "uranal warming"?

4:45 PM  
Blogger Leo Pusateri said...

I really thought uranus would have a higher percentage content of methane.

Silly me.

7:42 PM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

I agree. You'd think there'd be more methane given that extremely high surface pressure. Of course, since Uranus has a polar radius of nearly 25 km, that would explain its methane leakage.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Swiftee said...

Quick, everyone, develop a mental picture of "methane leakage" from Uranus...

Meanwhile, consider the implications if any, of the fact that my anti-spam word verification word for today is "mydke".

3:24 PM  
Anonymous bush said...

Dose uranus have a black ring?

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is methane and is it bad or good?

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and is methane a unhealthy gass?

2:16 AM  
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Anonymous Preteeeee girl said...

hey this was pretty good. i would've thought Uranus had a higher percentage of methane!

8:48 PM  
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uranus is like the best planet ever

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