Summary:

  • Uranus is so far away that there has been relatively little exploration of the planet.
  • The planet was first discovered with a telescope by the astronomer William Herschel in 1781.
  • Uranus has a faint system of rings that circle the planet’s equator.
  • Scientists think that the planet was struck and knocked over by another planet-sized object billions of years ago.
  • The five largest moons of Uranus, Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon, are pictured below.
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