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When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Monday, March 13, 2006

AnotheR PlaneT


On this date: March 13...

In 1781,Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun and the third largest in the solar system. was discovered by William Herschel.


"Uranus is the ancient Greek deity of the Heavens, the earliest supreme god. Uranus was the son and mate of Gaia the father of Cronus (Saturn) and of the Cyclopes and Titans (predecessors of the Olympian gods).

Uranus, the first planet discovered in modern times, was discovered by William Herschel while systematically searching the sky with his telescope on March 13, 1781. It had actually been seen many times before but ignored as simply another star.

Uranus has been visited by only one spacecraft, Voyager 2 on Jan 24 1986. Its atmosphere is about 83% hydrogen, 15% helium and 2% methane. Like the other gas planets, Uranus has rings. Like Jupiter's, they are very dark but like Saturn's they are composed of fairly large particles ranging up to 10 meters in diameter in addition to fine dust. There are 11 known rings, all very faint.."

Uranus is sometimes just barely visible with the unaided eye on a very clear night; it is fairly easy to spot with binoculars (if you know exactly where to look).

Happy Sky watching!

3 Comments:

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger The MaryHunter said…

    Three-year-old daughter has taken to plopping herself down next to me on the sofa when I'm with laptop and saying "Daddy I wanna look at some PLANETS!" You see, for some reason I had recently called up an image of Saturn on da web. So... we looked at more, and she still loves seeing them, separately and as part of the solar system. Uranus was her next favorite planet because of the rings -- going the "wrong way" compared to Saturn.

    Tres cool, I've a space girl. :D

     
  • At 6:51 PM, Blogger Karl m said…

    Hey Angel, you have just given me a great idea of where to send all the mmooohaammmmaddd loving, cartoon hating mmooozzzllimmms.

    I am just worried about the camels, PETA can be a real pain about these things.

     
  • At 7:36 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    TMH..u lucky thang u...a lil 3 year old star gazer.....awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..heh

    lol@ Karl..yea

     

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