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|Date:||10/21/2014 1:34:20 PM
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|Hi Sky Pilot
Dec. 21: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.
All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.
Every birde settle in, it’s a long way out to Uranus. Who giggled?? 2,870,990,000 km (1,783,331,755 miles, Yes that’s in the billions!) to be exact. There are snacks in the storage bins to munch on.
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.
Uranus has been visited by only one spacecraft, Voyager 2 on Jan 24 1986. At the time of Voyager 2's passage, Uranus' South Pole was pointed almost directly at the Sun. This is the only planet in our solar system to be so inclined.
Like other gas planets, Uranus has rings, 13 of them in fact. The brightest is known as the Epsilon ring.
Like Jupiter's rings they are very dark but like Saturn's they are made up of fairly large particles ranging from 10 meters in diameter down to fine dust.
Uranus has 27 named moons ranging in size from 789 km to only 5 km.
Well it’s a long trip back. We all have time for a nap before we are home.
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