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What landforms are on the planet Uranus?

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Uranus does not have any landforms because it has no solid surface. This planet is a gas giant, composed largely of various gases and icy materials.

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Uranus is made up mostly of hydrogen and helium gases, layered on top of a liquid core. It is this icy material – water, methane and ammonia – located at the interior of the planet that gives Uranus its density. The outer layers are clouds, which reflect sunlight and give the planet its blue color.

Uranus has an unusual rotation axis that runs from its top to its bottom, rather than from side to side like all the other planets. Scientists hypothesize that this is the result of an interplanetary collision. This unusual axis has interfered with the planet's magnetic field, throwing into question which is the true north pole. It has 13 rings, all of which are perpendicular to its orbit.

Scientists know of 27 moons orbiting Uranus, all of which have names paying homage to writers William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Perhaps the most popular moon is Miranda, a patchwork of peaks and valleys. Uranus, first discovered in 1781 by William Herschel, orbits the Sun once every 84 years. Even the seasons are long, spanning two decades.

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    What is the revolution of Uranus?

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    The revolution of Uranus, or the time it takes for the planet to revolve around the sun, is 30,687.15 Earth days. This revolution is also the equivalent of approximately 84 years on Earth.

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    How many rings does Uranus have?

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    There are thirteen rings surrounding the planet Uranus. Ten of the rings were first discovered by Australian astronomers in 1977. In 1986, technological advances allowed the space craft Voyager II to identify the other three rings encircling the planet.

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    What is the closest planet to Uranus?

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    The closest planet to Uranus is Saturn, which is 898 million miles distant. Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun, while Saturn is the sixth planet. Uranus lies 1.78 billion miles away from the sun, while a distance of 886 million miles separates Saturn from the sun.

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    What are some fun facts about Uranus?

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    Uranus is the third largest planet and the seventh planet from the sun. Uranus is the only planet that rotates on its side. Other planets orbit the sun and rotate like spinning tops, but Uranus' orbit more closely resembles a rolling ball.

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