What Are the Elements of Uranus?

Uranus' equator is at nearly right angles to its orbit.
••• Getty Images/Photodisc/Getty Images

Uranus, discovered through a telescope by astronomer William Herschel in 1781, is the seventh planet from the sun. Nearly the same size as its neighbor, Neptune, it has two sets of rings and at least 27 moons. A handful of different elements in various molecules make up the core and atmosphere of Uranus.

A Blue Ice Giant

The atmosphere of Uranus consists of about 83 percent hydrogen, 15 percent helium and trace amounts of ammonia, which contains the elements of nitrogen and hydrogen. Methane gas, which is made up of carbon and hydrogen, in the atmosphere gives Uranus its blue-green color. The bulk of the mass of Uranus is in the planet's core, which consists of mostly icy water, methane and ammonia.

Related Articles

At Standard Pressure Which Element Has a Freezing Point...
Albedo of the Planets
Are the Sun & Moon Planets?
10 Interesting Facts About Saturn
What Is the Average Temperature of Jupiter?
What Does the Mantle of Earth Consist Of?
Which Planets Are the Gas Planets?
Order of the Planets by the Distance From the Sun
How to Compare Earth to Neptune
Facts About Neptune for a School Project
How to Make a 3D Solar System
What is Earth's Position in the Solar System?
The Difference Between Pluto & Gas Giants
Geology Facts on Neptune
How to Build a Solar System Model for Kids
How to Make a Model of the Planet Uranus
What Is the Distance From the Sun to Mercury?
Amazing Facts on Saturn
What Elements Make Up the Air We Breathe?
Example of a White Dwarf Star