Uranus – The Tilted one

Uranus is the seventh planet discovered in the Solar System that also led to the discovery of the last planet, Neptune they are both referred to as ice giants. Officially recognized in 1781 after many observations in the past, it is the third-largest planet of the Solar System. It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System.

Mass: 8.68  ×10^25 kg

Radius: 25,559 Km

Density: 1.27 g/cm^3

Escape Velocity: 21.3 km/sec

Gravity: 8.69 m/s^2

Distance from Sun: 2.9619 billion km (164.66 light minutes)

It orbits the sun quite unusually, being the only planet, whose equator is nearly at a right angle to its orbit, with a tilt of 97.77 degrees. Because of this, it rotates in the opposite direction than most planets, from East to West. Venus also does this but Uranus is the only known planet to rotate on its side.

Uranus’ mass is roughly 14.5 times that of Earth, making it the least massive of the giant planets. Its diameter is slightly larger than Neptune’s at roughly four times that of Earth. It is primarily made up of various ices, such as water, ammonia, and methane.

It takes Uranus 84 years to complete an orbit of the Sun and 17 hours to rotate on its axis.

Bonus Fact : It is the only planet whose name is derived directly from a figure of Greek mytholog