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Uranus

The above planet, Uranus, is the smallest of the gas and gas/ice giants in our solar system. Uranus is interesting due to its extreme axial tilt of 97.77 degrees, which means its poles point toward the Sun at different times of the years, and it rotates on its side. Since Jupiter has an orbital period of about 80 years, this means that each season lasts for about 20 years!

Last Updated: 26-Jun-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/16.8 (2in AP 2x Barlow)

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

RGB color production was used to create this image.

Red = 20 seconds binned 1x1

Green = 20 seconds binned 1x1

Blue = 30 seconds binned 1x1

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