Uranus the planet of Aquarius


Uranus, the planet of Aquarius

Uranus, the planet of Aquarius


Uranus is the third planet of the Solar System by extension, a cold gas giant, its most unusual feature is that the axis of rotation is lying on the same orbital plane and this seems to orbit around the Sun on its side.

Although visible to the naked eye when it is at maximum brightness was only discovered in 1781 by the English W. Herschel: Uranus is surrounded by clouds of methane that absorb red light and thus give it a greenish tint.

His record is almost devoid of structures, but the Voyager 2 in 1986 and then the Hubble Space Telescope, have revealed the existence of some clouds clear: the exaggerated axial tilt during each orbit the Sun appears at the zenith of a hypothetical observer is Uranian equator to the poles, then each of the poles, light switches 42 years to 42 years of darkness.
The interior of the planet Uranus is probably very different from that of Jupiter and Saturn, being composed mostly of water, methane, ammonia and rock, rather than liquid hydrogen.

Uranus is surrounded by 11 thin rings and 17 satellites, two of which were discovered in recent years, all lying on the equatorial plane: the rings are too faint to be seen with amateur equipment, the outermost Epsilon ring, is wide only 100 km and is accompanied by satellites "shepherds" Cordelia and Ophelia, one at each side.
Also the satellites are weak, the brightest and largest, Titania, is only of magnitude 14 and need a big telescope to see it.

Under good sky conditions and when it knows its location, Uranus is visible to the naked eye as a star of magnitude 6, it is easy to find with binoculars even from urban areas, its identity can be confirmed by following his movements night after night; opposition that occurs every year and four days at a magnification of 500 times the angular size of the Moon takes.
The other satellites, always starting from nearest to farthest, beyond the shepherd satellites are Bianca, Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Belinda, Puck, Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, Oberon.

Uranus, the astrological tradition, the planet was connected to the originality, independence, rebellion, creativity and intuition, which is connected to the sign Aquarius.

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