The Planet Uranus and Its Two Moons

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The large white spot in the center of the picture is the way the planet Uranus (´ rå-ns) appears through the two-foot reflecting telescope of the Yerkes Observatory. The picture was made by Mr. E. P. Hubble. Just above Uranus, and also to the left and below it, there are two small white spots. These are two of the satellites (st´ -lit) that belong to the planet. The one above is known as Oberon; the other is called Titania. The planet has two other satellites called Ariel and Umbriel. They are smaller and closer to the planet than the two that you see, and are lost in the image of the planet itself. At the time these photographs were taken, Uranus was 1,764,000,000 miles from the Earth. Its distance from the sun is about 1,782,000,000 miles. Its diameter is about 35,000 miles, or about four times that of the Earth. It takes it 84 of our years to revolve around the sun. This planet was the first to be discovered with the telescope. Sir William Herschel found it in 1781. Previous to this time it had been mistaken by those who had seen it for a fixed star. Six years after the discovery of the planet Sir William observed its two satellites here shown. The other two were found by Lasell in 1851. Uranus is so far away from the Earth that little of general interest has been discovered about it. In our Solar System we now know of eight large planets. The one nearest the sun in Mercury; then comes Venus, the bright evening star; then our own Earth; then Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. There are a great many smaller planets. We know of about 450 of these. There are as many as 1000 in all. Some astronomers guess that there may be planets even farther away from Neptune. Keystone ID: 16765 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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