Latest News About Uranus, Seventh Planet from the Sun
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the third-largest planet in the solar system. The blue-green gas giant has the coldest atmosphere of all the planets in the solar system. Uranus is the only planet in the solar system that orbits the sun on its side, and this extreme tilt is responsible for turning the planet's magnetic fields into a jumbled mess. So far only NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has studied the planet up close during a flyby in 1986, but researchers are still studying the planet with telescopes on and around Earth.
Have you ever seen two planets together in the same high-power telescope field of view? This can be done Wednesday evening (March 28), when Venus, the most brilliant planet, closely snuggles up to the seventh planet from the sun, Uranus.
Most of North America will witness a total eclipse of the moon on Wednesday (Oct. 8), but the morning sky will also hold a surprise for intrepid skywatchers interested in seeing another celestial body alongside the eclipsed moon.
Here is a trivia question: Not including Earth, how many planets are visible without using any optical aid, be it binoculars or a telescope? Most people will usually answer five: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. But there's a sixth, Uranus.
Astronomers have discovered an unexpected, novel kind of triangle in the sky — one whose points are the sun, Uranus and a first Trojan asteroid ever seen near the tilted planet. The discovery is the first known "Trojan asteroid" for Uranus.