Tour Locations | Highlights from the Virtual Solar System Drive with Fred Watson
Continue straight ahead
Keep going straight ahead, and continue on Namoi Street.
While we drive, Fred will give us a little information about Saturns closest neighbour, Uranus.
[Fred] Firstly, Uranus is the coldest planet in our Solar System, with the lowest recorded temperature of -224°C. The composition and distance from the Sun, add to its coldness, but the main reason for its freezing temperatures, is the core of the planet. The coldest in our solar system.
It is nearly four times larger than Earth but the days are shorter, lasting 17 hours and 14 minutes exactly! Uranus has 27 known moons, with many named after William Shakespear characters. One year on Uranus is the same as 84 Earth years - that means you could be as old as your grandparents and before your first birthday cake!