Interesting Information About Uranus

The Ice Giant

Uranus is often referred to as an “Ice Giant” planet.

Temperatures

With the minimum atmospheric temperature of -224° C, Uranus is nearly the coldest planet in the solar system. While Neptune doesn’t get as cold as Uranus it is on average colder.

Rings

Uranus has two sets of very thin, dark coloured rings. There are eleven inner rings and two outer rings.

Planets and Their Types

Ice Giants

Ice giants are planets which are mainly composed of dense gases which are heavier than those found in gas giants. These planets which were initially categorized as gas giants were established to be distinct in composition as they are primarily made up of carbon, sulfur, oxygen and nitrogen, instead of the hydrogen and helium found in gas giants. Neptune and Uranus are the two ice giants of our solar system.

Protoplanets

Protoplanets are large celestial bodies which were formed as a result of the collision of planetesimals. There are no established protoplanets in our solar system.

Lava Planets

Lava planet is a theoretical type of planet which is characterized by the presence of molten lava, covering its surface.

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