Astronomy and Space

42 Years of Nonstop Winter


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If you think winter lasts too long where you live, be thankful that you don’t live on Uranus. The seventh planet in our solar system only has two seasons: winter and summer. Each of them lasts 42 years.

As if 42 winter months of near-total darkness weren’t bad enough, summer doesn’t bring much relief, at least as far as temperatures go. Temperatures are fairly consistent from season to season, with an average of -353 degrees F (-214 degrees C).  This gives Uranus the coldest atmosphere of the planets, despite the fact that it is not the furthest from the sun. Neptune, although 896 million miles more distant, has an average cloud temperature range from about -240 degrees F (-151 degrees C)  to -330 degrees F (-201 degrees C).


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