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How did Uranus get tilted so much that it spins on its side? This question has made many a scientist wonder. New research looking back at the planet’s early formation points to a young proto-planet of rock and ice colliding with Uranus, causing its extreme tilt. Instead of rotating like a top spinning nearly upright, as Earth does, the planet “rolls” on its side as it circles the Sun.

While it is the butt of many jokes, Uranus is actually a fascinating world to study. It is about four times wider than Earth orbiting our Sun at a distance of about 1.8 billion miles (2.9 billion kilometers). Uranus takes about 17 hours to rotate once (a Uranian day), and about 84 Earth years to complete an orbit of the Sun (a Uranian year). Uranus has 27 known moons, and they are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. With 13 known rings, we've seen that the inner rings are narrow and dark and the outer rings are brightly colored.

This false-color image was generated by Erich Karkoschka using data taken on August 8, 1998, with the @NASAHubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer.
Source: NASA/JPL/STScI
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@elgatodibujante180

I love Uranus!

@ninthking_sonofthebutterfly

This is your brain on drugs....Any questions

@psycho.bratt

1998 ?👀📝 how does it look now

@animalslove2007

All pictures are fake

@rupali.haldar.5070

Wow fantastic. ❤️.

@assinabiyon

@beyzayenil geldin tam kalbimde patladın

@miss_f._.m

Amazing💜💜

@laila.stevens

I love that it spins on its side so unique!!!!❤❤️💖

@jaanvi_mehta.7545

Extremely beautiful 😍😍😍

@photogrxphy.zz

Amazing!!!💜

@youtubemonkey.jpg

@andrew_blackwell_ it’s named after a god

@andrew_blackwell_

Seriously who named this planet?

@chefkathyroy

So what does the original photo look like?

@xenosync

haha uranus

@ideaswithstyle18

😍😍😍

@xtypical_mattiex

I wonder why tho

@nategolden03

Uranas is tilted alot

@puamana1979

Outer space is so beautiful 😍🌠

@saeid_bm7

لطفا فالو کنید!

@shashemi400

Very interesting

@chef__burns

Nice CGI🤙👌👌🕺

@keromanti

Sometimes the cheapest jokes are valued the most

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