Uranus: Facts about the sideways ice giant

Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, was the first planet to be discovered using a telescope. It is an odd world that tilts over on one side, with thin rings and dozens of moons.

In 2022, Uranus was selected by planetary scientists as a top target in the solar system for exploration, and NASA expects to launch a new probe sometime in the 2030s, that will explore sideways Uranus in greater detail than ever before. In English, the planet’s name can be pronounced two ways — YOU’-rin-us and you-RAIN’-us. Both invite childish puns that have made Uranus the butt of schoolyard jokes for generations.

How did Uranus get its name?

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