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Uranus was the first planet discovered by telescope. Other planets were discovered just by the human eye. Uranus was discovered in 1781 by William Hershel. He originally thought it was some kind of star.

Most planets spin west to east. But Uranus and Venus spin the opposite way. Scientists are not sure why. Some people think that the two planets used to spin west to east. But then big space objects hit them and forced them to spin differently.

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Making Connections


Would you want to travel to space? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about planets? How are those planets similar to or different from Uranus?


Uranus and Earth are both planets. What do they have in common? What makes Uranus unique?

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