Crash Course Astronomy: Uranus and Neptune.

Crash Course Astronomy: Uranus and Neptune

Crash Course Astronomy: Uranus and Neptune

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May 29 2015 7:30 AM

Crash Course Astronomy: Uranus and Neptune

Uranus and Neptune
Uranus and Neptune

Photo byNASA/JPL-Caltech

I’m not gonna lie to you: This is the best cold open of any episode we’ve done so far. I made myself laugh writing it.

Before you comment, PLEASE READ THE FOOTNOTE ON THIS ARTICLE. And if you still feel the need to comment, remember, neither you nor I is funnier than Futurama.

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About that pronunciation, this may help as well.

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UPDATE, May 29, 2015: ARG! I made a mistake in the video; I said the rings of Uranus were discovered in 1997, but they were discovered in 1977. It was a typo in the original script and it somehow made its way to the video without any of us noticing. Aggravating. My apologies for any confusion.

I’ve also written about those giant storms that erupted in Uranus’ atmosphere, an odd hypothesis about why the planet is tipped over, and an interesting claim that Herschel may have seen the rings of Uranus!