In 1718, William Herschel first discovered Uranus with the aid of a telescope. Originally thought to be a star, Uranus is so far from the sun it takes around 85 years to complete orbit.
Like Nepture, Uranus is an ice giant. Its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium with traces of water and ammonia. Also like Neptune, Uranus gets its bluey green colour from the methane gas in its atmosphere.
Uranus has two sets of rings. The first set was discovered back in 1977 and the Hubble Space Telescope discovered the second set more recently in 2003.
Uranus is named after the Greek God of the sky.
Sorry, we couldn't find any results!
Please try a different filter above.
Never miss a Nat Geo moment
Join our curious community and you'll have access to some great features!
Personalised content reflecting your interests on the site
Watch exclusive videos before anyone else
Favourite content that you like or want to check out later
Free SMS and Email reminders so you never miss a show
Get notified when content that interests you is published
Share your photos on Snap! that could appear on TV
Share your thoughts and opinions on various matters
Receive a monthly newsletter with loads of great content