That’s not Uranus. That’s Saturn. The rings of Uranus are very tenuous and that planet rotates with a very tilted axis. It’s faint rings can be bearly seen, and they don’t look seen as thick and bright like in this cartoon. Maybe the cartoonist should’ve actually taken the trouble of looking at Uranus before doing this (pun unintended).
Uranus is the only planet whose equator is nearly at a right angle to its orbit, with a tilt of 97.77 degrees. That is, it’s faint rings would look almost vertical (which are only seen in infrared).
This unique tilt of Uranus of nearly 90-degree angle from the plane of its orbit makes Uranus appear to spin on its side, orbiting the Sun like a rolling ball.
This unique tilt causes the most extreme seasons in the solar system. For nearly a quarter of each Uranian year, the Sun shines directly over each pole, plunging the other half of the planet into a 21-year-long, dark winter.
Uranus is also one of just two planets that rotate in the opposite direction than most of the planets (Venus is the other one), from east to west. That is, on this planet, the sun would rise from the west and set in the east (if it’s tilt wasn’t so much, but due to it’s great tilt, as mentioned above, the sun actually shines over either of the poles).
The first planet found with the aid of a telescope, Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel, although he originally thought it was either a comet or a star. Uranus is 4 times wider than Earth.
Uranus is on of the two “ice giant” planets of our solar system, that is it is very very very cold over there. This means that if gazpacho were to be served over there, it may not only be very cold, but it may also be in a frozen solid state and eaten like an ice cream.
August 09, 2014