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Uranus

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2017
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Inscription.

Uranus

This is the planet Uranus and its 4 largest moons at one 10-billionth actual size.

If Uranus were this big, how far away would Earth and other planets be? look at the map on the lower panel to find your position in the solar system?


Voyage to Uranus
The entire northern hemisphere of Uranus is bathed in summer sunshine. The Sun is to the right, above Uranus' north pole. Winter darkness in the southern hemisphere lasts 20 Earth years. A delicate system of rings and at least 27 moons circle the planet. You can see 2 of them: Miranda and Ariel.

More than Meets the Eye
Uranus looks bland, enshrouded by a haze that limits our view to the top of its atmosphere. But the atmosphere is deep, extending a fifth of the way to the planet's center. Below it, an immense ocean of water and ammonia--with more than 10 times the mass of Earth--may make up most of Uranus.

A World Tipped Over
As each planet orbits the Sun, it spins like a top on an axis that stays tipped in a particular direction. Earth is tipped 23.5 degrees. Uranus is tilted more than any other planet. Tipped at 82 degrees, it spins almost on its side.

Walk to Neptune about 246 steps

Imagine
In 1781, William Herschel found
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2017
2. Uranus Marker
Center of marker
Uranus in his telescope, at first thinking it was a comet. He was the first to discover a planet.

Walk to Saturn about 216 steps

Voyage is an exhibition of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Smithsonian Institution. It is designed for permanent installation in communities worldwide.

In the real solar system, the planet never line up as they orbit the Sun

 
Erected 2013 by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Location. 38° 53.318′ N, 77° 1.3′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Drive Southwest and Jefferson Drive SW, on the right when traveling north on Jefferson Drive Southwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Air and Space Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First International Manned Space Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Yoko Ono (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yayoi Kusama (about 300 feet away); 320th Bomb Group (about 300 feet away); Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Sculpture Garden
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2017
3. Uranus Marker
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(about 400 feet away); Saturn (about 400 feet away); Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Plaza (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceScience & Medicine
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2017
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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