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Uranus Orbit

The orbit circumference for Uranus is 18,026,802,831 km or 11,201,335,967 miles. At an average orbit velocity of 24,477 km/h or 15,209 mph (.23 of Earth’s velocity), it takes Uranus 30,687.15 Earth days or 84 years to make 1 trip around the Sun. Uranus’s orbital inclination is 0.77°, which is the second lowest of all planets (Earth’s orbit inclination is the flattest at 0°).

Uranus’s orbit eccentricity is 0.04725744 (2.828 more than Earth), which means it has more of an elliptical orbit around the Sun than Earth. As Uranus goes on this orbit the closest (Perihelion) it will get to the Sun is 147,098,291 km or 91,402,640 miles. The farthest (Aphelion) it will get is 152,098,233 km or 94,509,460 miles. Hence, Uranus’s average distance from the Sun is 149,598,262 km or 92,956,050 miles.

Uranus’s equatorial inclination to orbit is a whopping 97.8° (Earth’s is 23.44°), which is more than any other planet. This means if you take a straight line from the Sun to Uranus, then this line would almost go though the North and South pole of the planet. As you can imagine with this great tilt, if someone were living at the North Pole on Uranus then that lucky individual would have about 40 years of straight sunlight and then about 40 years of straight darkness. The image illustration below shows Uranus’s orbit as it would be starting from 1965. Note: the elliptical and inclination are not shown.

Orbit of Uranus