> οὐρᾰνός • (ouranós)
> 1. the vaulted sky 2. the region above this vault, the home of the gods 3. (philosophy) the universe 4. anything shaped like the sky: vaulted ceiling, tent
looks pretty good
> Probably from an older ϝορσανός (worsanós), which may be related to οὑρέω (houréō, “to urinate”), from Proto-Indo-European h₁worseye-, from h₁wers- (“rain”) (compare Sanskrit वर्षति (varṣati, “it rains”).
OK, never mind.
> A folk etymology advanced by Aristotle interpreted it as ὅρος (hóros, “limit”) and ἄνω (ánō, “up”).
Oh wait a second.
German ur-, English or- means roughly "original", from a sense "up", found e.g. in Urteil "sentence, decision, verdict", cognate to ordeal (teil and deal from a sense part, to split), but more significantly Urahne" "ancestor" (see above ἄνω "above"), Ursuppe* "primordial soup".
Latin anus, cognate Ancient Greek ἀννίς (annís) means “grandmother”, old high german ano "grandfather", so
Wer- as in werewolf means "man", too.
Ouranus (wonder why Greek omega is written like a w) is father of the first titans. talk about ancestors. The name is potentially so old that it's constituents have been re-analized multiple times.
but yeah, really funny.
I see what you did there.
I tried to find something relevant to link but Language Log doesn't seem to have discussed this particular planet.
Aliens. You have interesting features on the other planets. Saturn has a humongous freaking hexagon on it, for crying out loud! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn%27s_hexagon They know we're inching our way towards spaceflight, so they've acted to delay our arrival by making Uranus as bland as possible.
(But seriously, it's never aliens. https://www.pbs.org/video/oumuamua-is-not-aliens-zjpppc/ )
"A massive object devastated Uranus a long time ago and it never fully recovered"
In all seriousness, crude graffiti and dick jokes have been around as long as we've had civilization and the written word: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-graffiti-of-pompeii-was-downrigh...
Uranus IS interesting as it’s the only planet which is turned on its side relative to the spin and orbits of its sibling planets.
Just because it doesn’t have swirling clouds due to the extreme cold doesn’t mean it’s not interesting.
The equatorial plane is based on the rotation of the planet, not the relationship to the sun.
OT but this reminded me of the "Interesting number paradox" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interesting_number_paradox
Why not Chariklo! You almost never hear about this baby. I'd love to see a mission fly close enough to properly photograph it in my lifetime, but it's super rare to send something out that far and it would probably have to pass up on much more important science objectives in order to swing by such a tiny backwater dwarf planet. Supposedly the rings have been confirmed by stellar occultation, which is cool because it's super small for such clear rings.
I want to stand on the surface and look up for a while. See also Chiron and Haumea.
As far as the funny name, scientists are planning on renaming Uranus to avoid all the embarrassment. The new name will be "Urectum". (Swiped from an animated Sitcom.)
The longer answer it is sometimes too cold to make the same cool cloud patterns in the visual spectrum Jupiter and Saturn have.
During solstice, where the sun just steadily warms one pole, not much happens.
The article concludes by saying that it's boring, but only some of the time.
1: The Voyager shots featuring a featureless orb were shot near the Uranian solstice, so each hemisphere was getting nearly constant illumination (Uranus is tilted on its side). If you look at it now nearer the equinox (where it has a day/night cycle) you see storms and clouds. And...
2: The cloud patterns are always there anyway, they are just hidden by a methane fog that blocks visible light during the solstice. The heating/cooling cycles of the midyear break up this haze and it looks more transparent.
That's not what the articles says at all.