Sometimes the weird ones are the coolest

Daniela  Illing

Blaufelden, Germany

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Uranus‘ axis is tilted almost 98°, so it effectively rotates on its side. This means that Uranus’ north pole points at the Sun for half of its 84 Earth year long rotation, while the south pole points at the Sun the other half of its year. Unlike the other planets (except Venus) it turns in a retrograde direction from East to West. Like every oddball with an embarrassing name it must have been bullied by at least one large object to achieve that level of skew. The Uranian atmosphere seems quite calm compared to Jupiter or Saturn, but hides storms raging up to 500 mph. It also has the solar system´s coldest atmosphere, measuring about -224° C globally constant even in sunlit areas.

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