The Solar System

How does Uranus differ from the other planets?
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  1. The Earth and all the other planets, except Venus, rotate about their axes from east to west (Venus rotates from west to east). Uranus's south-to-north rotation is unique and causes the planet's seasons to be very extreme, with low temperatures that reach -355 degrees Fahrenheit (-215 degrees Celsius). Scientists speculate that this unusual tilt was caused by a blow from a large object billions of years ago. One of Uranus's years (the time it takes to orbit the sun) is equivalent to 84 Earth years and its day is 17 hours and 24 minutes long.

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