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This is an image of Uranus compared with that of the Earth.
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A Comparison of Uranus and the Earth.

This image compares Uranus with Earth. Uranus is the fourth largest planet in the solar system, much larger than Earth, and mostly made of frozen gas. The table below is a comparison of the characteristics of Uranus and Earth.

Characteristic Relative to Earth
(Earth = 1)
Absolute Value
Mass 14.5 8.68x10**28
Radius 4 25,559 km
Mean Density ----- 1.29 g/cm**3
Rotation Period 17.9 Earth hours -----
Mean Orbital
Distance
19.2 AU 2,870 x 10**6 km
Orbital Period 84 Earth years -----
Orbital eccentricity ----- 0.0461
Inclination to
ecliptic (degrees)
----- 0.774
Atmospheric
Temperature
----- -350F

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