People Want to Probe Uranus

Lots of people like to say they want to probe Uranus. Earthlings’ desires about that planet, and headline writers’ desires to write “probe Uranus” headlines, are again in the news. National Geographic‘s Breaking Orbit blog reports that “Europe Wants to Probe Uranus“: The Christian Science Monitor reports that “Scientists plan mission to probe Uranus“: (Thanks […]


Uranus is the most giggle-producing planet for English speakers, because of its name. Uranus was almost named George. In this video, a gaggle of scientists at the University of Nottingham discuss that and many other facts about the science and naming of the planet. (Thanks to Christine Ashe for bringing it to our attention.) NOTE: […]