History UsefulNotes / Uranus

7th May '16 3:28:31 AM anza_sb
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'''Farnsworth:''' Urrectum.

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'''Farnsworth:''' Urrectum.Urectum.



The planet, while visible to the naked eye (albeit very faint), is not one of the classic original planets, and is the first planet to be recognized as one via telescope, thanks to Sir William Herschel, who was originally going [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to call the planet]] [[AndCallHimGeorge "George"]], or more specifically, ''Georgium Sidus'' after [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover King George III]]. Eventually, Uranus was picked at the suggestion of Johan Elert Bode, keeping in line with the other planets being named after ancient gods. The reasoning was that if the next planet past Jupiter was named for Jupiter's father, than the next planet past Saturn should be named after Saturn's father. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Planet naming conventions being in their infancy at the time]], this left Uranus as the only true planet [[OddNameOut named after a Greek god, rather than the Roman counterpart]]; Uranus is the Romanization of Ouranos, Greek god of the Sky. Because of this break with the theme of the other seven planets, and [[UranusIsShowing other reasons]], some astronomers and enthusiasts have bemoaned that the planet was not name Caelus instead. [[HilariousInHindsight Amusingly]], one of the names that was proposed and rejected was Neptune.

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The planet, while visible to the naked eye (albeit very faint), is not one of the classic original planets, and is the first planet to be recognized as one via telescope, thanks to Sir William Herschel, who was originally going [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to call the planet]] [[AndCallHimGeorge "George"]], or more specifically, ''Georgium Sidus'' after [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover King George III]]. Eventually, Uranus was picked at the suggestion of Johan Elert Bode, keeping in line with the other planets being named after ancient gods. The reasoning was that if the next planet past Jupiter was named for Jupiter's father, than the next planet past Saturn should be named after Saturn's father. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Planet naming conventions being in their infancy at the time]], this left Uranus as the only true planet [[OddNameOut named after a Greek god, rather than the Roman counterpart]]; Uranus is the Romanization of Ouranos, Greek god of the Sky. Because of this break with the theme of the other seven planets, and [[UranusIsShowing other reasons]], some astronomers and enthusiasts have bemoaned that the planet was not name named Caelus instead. [[HilariousInHindsight Amusingly]], one of the names that was proposed and rejected was Neptune.



It has a ring system, like Saturn and other similar planets, a magnetosphere which draws objects into it, and of course [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfUranus moons]].

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It has a ring system, like Saturn and other similar planets, a magnetosphere which draws objects into it, and of course course, [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfUranus moons]].
20th Apr '16 1:41:36 PM RainbowPhoenix
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Another oddity of Uranus is its magnetic field. Unlike Jupiter and Saturn, whose magnetic fields are caused by a layer of metallic hydrogen[[note]]hydrogen that has been compressed to the point that it conducts electricity as a metal would[[/note]], Uranus's magnetic field is produced by a layer of highly compressed water, mixed with ammonia that has condensed and rained down from the upper atmosphere. This appears to be normal for ice giants. The oddity is that Uranus's magnetic field is tilted sixty degrees relative to the planets axis, ''and'' off-center. The reason for this is unknown.

Like all gaseous planets, Uranus experiences differential rotation: different latitudes rotate at different rates. Unlike the other three, Uranus's poles rotate faster than its equator.
6th Apr '16 4:04:30 AM AnotherGuy
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Its most striking feature, however, is that the gas giant is rotating ''on its side'', thanks to being smacked upside its head by [[http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/uranus-axial-tilt-obliquity/ two glancing blows]] from planetoids about the size of JustForFun/{{Earth}} early in its life.

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Its most striking feature, however, is that the gas giant is rotating ''on its side'', thanks to being smacked upside its head by [[http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/uranus-axial-tilt-obliquity/ two glancing blows]] from planetoids about the size of JustForFun/{{Earth}} early in its life.
life. Thanks to this orientation, astronomers have joked that the ring system makes Uranus look like [[http://history.nasa.gov/EP-177/ch2-3-3.html it's a bullseye]].
6th Apr '16 4:02:28 AM AnotherGuy
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Its most striking feature, however, is that the gas giant is rotating ''on its side'', thanks to being smacked upside its head by [[http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/uranus-axial-tilt-obliquity/ two glancing blows]] from planetoids about the size of JustForFun/{{Earth}} early in its life. At the time of the Voyager 2[[note]]The only time, thus far, that Uranus has been probed[[/note]] encounter, its south pole faced the Sun.

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Its most striking feature, however, is that the gas giant is rotating ''on its side'', thanks to being smacked upside its head by [[http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/uranus-axial-tilt-obliquity/ two glancing blows]] from planetoids about the size of JustForFun/{{Earth}} early in its life. At the time of the Voyager 2[[note]]The only time, thus far, that Uranus has been probed[[/note]] encounter, its south pole faced the Sun.
life.
23rd Mar '16 9:10:45 AM RainbowPhoenix
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The planet, while visible to the naked eye (albeit very faint), is not one of the classic original planets, and is the first planet to be recognized as one via telescope, thanks to Sir William Herschel, who was originally going [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to call the planet]] [[AndCallHimGeorge "George"]], or more specifically, ''Georgium Sidus'' after [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover King George III]]. Eventually, Uranus was picked at the suggestion of Johan Elert Bode, keeping in line with the other planets being named after ancient gods. The reasoning was that if the next planet past Jupiter was named for Jupiter's father, than the next planet past Saturn should be named after Saturn's father. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Planet naming conventions being in their infancy at the time]], this left Uranus as the only true planet [[OddNameOut named after a Greek god, rather than the Roman counterpart]]; Uranus is the Romanization of Ouranos, Greek god of the Sky. Because of this break with the theme of the other seven planets, and [[UranusIsShowing other reasons]], some astronomers and enthusiasts have bemoaned that the planet was not name Caelus instead.

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The planet, while visible to the naked eye (albeit very faint), is not one of the classic original planets, and is the first planet to be recognized as one via telescope, thanks to Sir William Herschel, who was originally going [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to call the planet]] [[AndCallHimGeorge "George"]], or more specifically, ''Georgium Sidus'' after [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover King George III]]. Eventually, Uranus was picked at the suggestion of Johan Elert Bode, keeping in line with the other planets being named after ancient gods. The reasoning was that if the next planet past Jupiter was named for Jupiter's father, than the next planet past Saturn should be named after Saturn's father. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Planet naming conventions being in their infancy at the time]], this left Uranus as the only true planet [[OddNameOut named after a Greek god, rather than the Roman counterpart]]; Uranus is the Romanization of Ouranos, Greek god of the Sky. Because of this break with the theme of the other seven planets, and [[UranusIsShowing other reasons]], some astronomers and enthusiasts have bemoaned that the planet was not name Caelus instead. \n [[HilariousInHindsight Amusingly]], one of the names that was proposed and rejected was Neptune.



Current models of solar system formation indicate that Uranus began its existence as the outermost of the true planets and gained its current position when Neptune and the still hypothetical Planet Nine were vaulted into even more distant orbits.

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Current models of solar system formation indicate that Uranus began its existence as the outermost of the true planets and planets. It gained its current position as the seventh when Neptune and the still hypothetical Planet Nine were vaulted into even more distant orbits.
19th Mar '16 10:48:31 AM RainbowPhoenix
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The planet, while visible to the naked eye (albeit very faint), is not one of the classic original planets, and is the first planet to be recognized as one via telescope, thanks to Sir William Herschel, who was originally going [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to call the planet]] [[AndCallHimGeorge "George"]], or more specifically, ''Georgium Sidus'' after [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover King George III]]. Eventually, Uranus was picked, keeping in line with the other planets being named after ancient gods. The reasoning was that if the next planet past Jupiter was named for Jupiter's father, than the next planet past Saturn should be named after Saturn's father. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Planet naming conventions being in their infancy at the time]], this left Uranus as the only true planet named after a Greek god, rather than the Roman counterpart; Uranus is the Romanization of Ouranos, Greek god of the Sky. Because of this break with the theme of the other seven planets, and [[UranusIsShowing other reasons]], some astronomers and enthusiasts have bemoaned that the planet was not name Caelus instead.

to:

The planet, while visible to the naked eye (albeit very faint), is not one of the classic original planets, and is the first planet to be recognized as one via telescope, thanks to Sir William Herschel, who was originally going [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to call the planet]] [[AndCallHimGeorge "George"]], or more specifically, ''Georgium Sidus'' after [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover King George III]]. Eventually, Uranus was picked, picked at the suggestion of Johan Elert Bode, keeping in line with the other planets being named after ancient gods. The reasoning was that if the next planet past Jupiter was named for Jupiter's father, than the next planet past Saturn should be named after Saturn's father. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Planet naming conventions being in their infancy at the time]], this left Uranus as the only true planet [[OddNameOut named after a Greek god, rather than the Roman counterpart; counterpart]]; Uranus is the Romanization of Ouranos, Greek god of the Sky. Because of this break with the theme of the other seven planets, and [[UranusIsShowing other reasons]], some astronomers and enthusiasts have bemoaned that the planet was not name Caelus instead.
16th Mar '16 11:39:12 AM AnotherGuy
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'''Farnsworth:''' Urectum.

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'''Farnsworth:''' Urectum.Urrectum.
12th Feb '16 1:26:00 PM RainbowPhoenix
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Currently, it's on its side in relation to the Sun. This has led to the realization (via observation from the Hubble Space Telescope) that the planet is actually two-toned, with a darker shade of blue on the north half of the planet.

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Currently, it's on its side in relation to the Sun. This has led to the realization (via observation from the Hubble Space Telescope) that the planet is actually two-toned, with a darker shade of blue on the north half of the planet.planet.

Current models of solar system formation indicate that Uranus began its existence as the outermost of the true planets and gained its current position when Neptune and the still hypothetical Planet Nine were vaulted into even more distant orbits.
30th Jan '16 3:11:31 PM RainbowPhoenix
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Uranus has the dubious distinction of being the least important of the four gas giants. Where Jupiter is massive enough to heavily affect the entire rest of the Solar System, Saturn prevented Jupiter from the migrating further inward and destroying the four terrestrial planets, and Neptune governs the Kuiper Belt and created the Scattered Disk, Uranus doesn't really do much besides keep Saturn and Neptune in their current positions. Uranus does have the distinction of being the ''coldest'' planet in the Solar System, since unlike Neptune, it has ''no'' internal heat source.

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Uranus has the dubious distinction of being the least important of the four gas giants. Where Jupiter is massive enough to heavily affect the entire rest of the Solar System, Saturn prevented Jupiter from the migrating further inward and destroying the four terrestrial planets, and Neptune governs the Kuiper Belt and created the Scattered Disk, Uranus doesn't really do much besides keep Saturn and Neptune in their current positions. Uranus does have the distinction of being the ''coldest'' planet in the Solar System, since unlike Neptune, it has ''no'' internal heat source.
source. Unfortunately, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Nine there is a growing body of evidence that Uranus will lose even that]].
23rd Jan '16 3:52:29 AM AnotherGuy
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Uranus has the dubious distinction of being the least important of the four gas giants. Where Jupiter is massive enough to heavily affect the entire rest of the Solar System, Saturn prevented Jupiter from the migrating further inward and destroying the four terrestrial planets, and Neptune governs the Kuiper Belt and created the Scattered Disk, Uranus doesn't really do much besides keep Saturn and Neptune in their current positions.

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Uranus has the dubious distinction of being the least important of the four gas giants. Where Jupiter is massive enough to heavily affect the entire rest of the Solar System, Saturn prevented Jupiter from the migrating further inward and destroying the four terrestrial planets, and Neptune governs the Kuiper Belt and created the Scattered Disk, Uranus doesn't really do much besides keep Saturn and Neptune in their current positions.
positions. Uranus does have the distinction of being the ''coldest'' planet in the Solar System, since unlike Neptune, it has ''no'' internal heat source.
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