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.Continue Reading
The rings are broken up into two distinct sets. The inner rings are dark, narrow and can be much more difficult to see. The outer set of rings are much farther from the planet, much brighter and more distinct.
In order from closest distance to farthest, the names of the rings are Zeta, 6, 5, 4, Alpha, Beta, Eta, Gamma, Delta, Lambda, Epislon, Nu and Mu.Learn more about Planets
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.Full Answer >
The atmosphere for the planet Uranus is made up of methane, helium and hydrogen. Uranus is considered unique as it tilts at a 98 degree angle, and when the planet is seen from Earth, it looks like it rotates on its side.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
The force of gravity on Uranus is 8.69 meters per second squared, which is also the speed at which dropped objects accelerate toward the surface of the planet. On Earth, objects accelerate at 9.78 meters per second squared. Uranus' gravity is approximately 89 percent of the force of Earth's gravity.Full Answer >