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Planet Overview - Uranus

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and the third largest planet in our Solar System. Uranus was first discovered in 1781 by William Herschel, when he was testing out a new telescope. He named the planet Georgium Sidus (the Georgian star) after the English King, George III, but later the name was changed to Uranus because all the other planets have been named after Roman or Greek gods. Uranus, in Greek mythology means god of the Heavens. Uranus was the husband of Gaia, the goddess of Earth and father to Saturn.

Uranus - What It's All About!

Uranus is made up of mainly rock and ice and is a gas planet. It is made of 83 per cent hydrogen, 15 per cent helium and two per cent methane. Uranus' blue color comes from methane which absorbs red light in the atmosphere. Uranus' axis is different than any other planet in the Solar System. Instead of rotating upright like all the other planets, Uranus spins on a 98 degree axis. It's almost like a pig roasting on a fire. Uranus is hotter at its equator than at its poles. Funny thing is, Scientists don't even know which one is the north pole and which is the south pole.

Diagram of the Interior of UranusDiagram of the Interior of Uranus

Uranus - Fun Facts

  • Like Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune, Uranus also has rings. All of them are very faint and some of them are only half rings. The rings are made up of fine dust, rocks and ice boulders. It has at least 22 moons, Titania and Oberon being the largest.
  • Like Venus, Uranus spins from east to west, which is opposite the direction Earth spins. This means you'd see the sun rise in the west and set in the east.
  • A day on Uranus would be 17 hours and 14 minutes. A year would be 84 Earth years.
  • Uranus is the first planet to be discovered in modern times.
  • Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to ever visit the planet which was back in 1986.
  • German seismologist (someone who studies earthquakes) Rudolf Tomascheck found that strong earthquakes happen when Uranus is within 15 degrees of the meridian - a big imaginary circle around Earth's surface passing through the North and South geographic poles. In other words, the planet has some effect on Earth.

Planet Overview - UranusPlanet Overview - Uranus
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you can be fairly certain of your orientation at about any age around thirteen, or younger, too, maybe, but i do think that you'd need a more extensive understanding of sexuality before you're actually sure? your own sexuality and of sexuality in general. i mean, there is this misconception about sga orientations being s*x-central, which isn't true, since a young kid can have crushes on the same gender without even knowing about s*x at all in the first place. still, this is the difference between having an idea of your orientation and being certain of it (even if you may not be certain for many years after adolescence, too. it's not obligatory to figure it out before 20 or something). and it's really never too young for anybody to realize and acknowledge their attraction towards the same gender, it's just a matter of, will that attraction last for long enough after that for you to come out as the respective orientation? it's not just that you, as a girl, may be attracted to girls and boys now and later may just be attracted to boys--it could go totally the other way and find that you actually are only attracted to girls, but that only depends on your specific case and i don't know the details. it's fine to experiment with these labels i guess, but it's fair to say that many people will stop taking you seriously once you come out twice, thrice or more times as different things, because you hadn't thought it through properly. not to say that a single move like this that you do at thirteen will prove to be fatal or anything, though, if you live in a community that wouldn't put you at actual danger upon coming out, that is. you don't have to even choose a label if in the end you're not really sure, there shouldn't be pressure to do so. just go with something general and you'll get the point across. also keep in mind that 'coming out' isn't just a one time thing, and it's actually a continuous thing. sexuality won't come up in every discussion and you won't just go around yelling 'i'm gay!' around the whole city or something, you'll need to tell a lot of new people about it if you choose to and it will keep coming up. you can be out at school, but not at home. you can be out with friends, but not with the whole class. etc.  coming out isn't even such an important aspect in the first place if you ask me and it's a bonus pressure if you will. coming out will eventually come naturally when you get a same-gender partner and all, anyway, if you don't want to hide it forever or anything. good luck with that choice (in case i'm not too late with this reply, in which case good luck to whoever might be reading this for their own issue).
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