The Unique Features and Discovery of Uranus

TLDR Uranus, the seventh planet in the Solar System, was discovered in 1781 by Sir William Herschel. It is unique due to its large amount of methane, extreme axial tilt, and retrograde moon orbits. Despite proposals for future missions, reaching Uranus remains a challenge.

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00:00 Uranus is the seventh planet in the Solar System, located 1.8 billion miles from the Sun, and its discovery was unique compared to other planets.
02:09 The planet Uranus was the first planet discovered that was not one of the original seven planets known to antiquity, and it was probably observed many times by people who simply didn't know it was a planet.
04:17 Sir William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, initially thinking it was a comet, but astronomers quickly determined it was a planet due to its circular orbit.
06:22 The planet Uranus was named after the Roman god of the sky, and its orbit deviations led to the discovery of Neptune.
08:26 Voyager 2, launched in 1977, was the only probe ever sent to Uranus and confirmed the existence of rings and discovered 27 moons, including the largest moon, Titania.
10:30 Uranus is unique because of its large amount of methane in the atmosphere, its extreme axial tilt of 97 degrees, and its moons that orbit in a retrograde motion.
12:43 There have been proposals for future missions to Uranus, but nothing has been approved yet due to the difficulty of reaching the planet, although a future mission is high on NASA's priority list and the next best launch windows would be in 2030 and 2034.
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