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How Far is Uranus from Earth?

Orbit of Uranus. Image credit: IFA

Orbit of Uranus. Image credit: IFA


Let’s see how far away Uranus is from the Earth. First consider the fact that both Earth and Uranus are orbiting the Sun. This means that the distance between them can change, depending on their relatively positions in the Solar System.

The closest Uranus can get to Earth is 2.57 billion km.

Imagine Earth, Uranus and the Sun are all in straight line. When Uranus is at its closest point to Earth, the three objects are lined up with the Sun, Earth and Uranus. This is when Uranus is a mere 2.57 billion km. But Earth and Uranus are located on opposite sides of the Sun, they’re at their most distant point. When this happens, they’re 3.15 billion km.

What about the other planets? Here’s how far away Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are from Earth.

If you’d like more info on Uranus, check out Hubblesite’s News Releases about Uranus. And here’s a link to the NASA’s Solar System Exploration Guide to Uranus.

We have recorded an episode of Astronomy Cast just about Uranus. You can access it here: Episode 62: Uranus.

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