Uranus is located at five sites:
- Tooraweenah Rest Area, Newell Highway
- Binnaway Rd turn-off, New Mollyan, Mendooran Rd
- Ulinda (10km south of Binnaway), Warrumbungles Way
- Oxley Highway, Goolhi Rd turn-off, west of Gunnedah
- Newell Highway Yaminbah Rest Area, south of Narrabri
In our model, Uranus is located up to 80 kilometres from the telescope dome (the Sun). In our real Solar System, Uranus is 2877 million kilometres from the Sun!
Uranus, the 3rd largest planet, is named after the Greek’s earliest supreme god the father of Saturn. The discovery of Uranus in 1781 immediately doubled the known size of the Solar System. Unlike most planets which orbit the Sun like spinning tops, Uranus’s axis is tilted over at 97.9°, causing it to roll around the Sun in its 84 year orbital period like a barrel! This causes each period of ‘day’ and ‘night’ on Uranus to last 42 Earth years. Uranus is a ‘gas giant’ with atmosphere 83% hydrogen, 15% helium and 2% methane. A very faint and dark ring system was discovered in 1977. Uranus has at least 27 moons.