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What are Uranus' notable characteristics?

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Uranus’ notable characteristics include its icy and gaseous surface, abundance of moons and faint rings, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The rotation of Uranus is from east to west.

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What are Uranus' notable characteristics?
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As one of the gas giants, there is no solid surface on Uranus, according to NASA. A special feature of Uranus is the icy condition of the planet. The ice on Uranus is due to a mix of water, methane and ammonia. The famous blue-green color of the planet comes from the methane gas that fills the atmosphere. Eleven faint rings of dust and rock surround the planet, and 27 moons orbit around Uranus. The planet also spins on its side due to the tilted magnetic alignment. It takes 84 Earth years for Uranus to make one trip around the sun.

The only contact with Uranus was from Voyager 2 in 1986, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The spacecraft provided the first pictures of the planet and examination of the planet's composition. From the radioed data collected by the spacecraft's instruments, scientists gathered information on the number of rings, temperature and magnetic field. Scientists learned that Uranus' daily rate of rotation is 17 hours and 14 minutes

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