• LOCATION 15 | Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson

    Uranus

    As we approach Uranus, you can pull over to the left-hand side and take a photo. Remember to take care leaving the highway if you choose to do so.

    We're now 80 kilometres from the Anglo-Australian telescope dome which represents the Sun. In the real Solar System, Uranus is 2877 million kilometres from the Sun!

    The discovery of Uranus in 1781 immediately doubled the known size of the Solar System but it has only been visited once by robotic spacecraft.

    In 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 interplanetary probe approached Uranus on 24 January 1986. The spacecraft encountered the planets ring system and studied the structure and chemical composition of Uranus' atmosphere, It made the first detailed investigations of its five largest moons and discovered 10 new ones.

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Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson