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Is there life on Uranus? Is there any new information about Uranus? Is there any water on Uranus? How close can we get to Uranus? How close can Uranus get to the Sun?



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Life on Uranus? No one knows for sure. But if there is, it would be very different from any life found on Earth, because the conditions are so different on the two planets. The Voyager spacecraft provided a great deal of data on Uranus. I imagine that scientists are still working on under- standing it. A couple of my astronomy texts speculate that Uranus has a rocky core which is covered by a very deep ocean of liquid water. I assume that, in asking how close we can get to Uranus, when you say "we" you mean "the Earth". At closest approach, Earth and Uranus are about 1.69 billion miles, or 2.72 billion kilometers, apart. This is over 18 times as far as the distance between Earth and the Sun. Uranus is VERY far away! At its closest, Uranus is about 1.78 billion miles, or 2.87 billion kilometers, from the Sun.

RC Winther


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