Uranus

Planet Properties (Orbit and Rotation based on Earth's days/hours/minutes)

Distance to Sun: 1,783,939,400 miles

Equatorial radius: 15,882 miles

Equatorial circumference: 99,787 miles

Length of year(Orbit): 84.02 Earth years

Length of day(Rotation): 0d 17h 14m

Axial tilt: 97.86 degrees

Number of moons: 27

The Visible surface of Uranus is its hydrogen-rich atmosphere. Below is a deep layer of water, methane, and ammonia ices, and in the center a core of rock and possibly ice. Uranus appears calm and featureless because of upper-atmosphere haze, but the planet does undergo change.The atmosphere has some banding, and bright clouds are carried around the planet; in 2006, a dark soit was observed. Uranus's unique feature is its tilt; the planet appears to orbit the Sun on its side. The combination of its tilt and its 84-year orbit mean that its hemishperes face the Sun for 42 years at a time.

Ring System
Uranus has two distinct set of rings. Closest to the planet is a set of 11 rings; narrow and widely separated, these are more gap than ring. Outside these is a pair of faint, dusty rings.

Magnetic Field
Uranus' magnetic field is peculiar, since it does not originate from the geometric center of the planet and is tilted almost 60° from the axis of rotation. It is probably generated by motion at relatively shallow depths within Uranus. Neptune has a similarly displaced magnetic field, which suggests the magnetic field is not necessarily a consequence of Uranus' axial tilt. The magnetotail is twisted by the planet's rotation into a long corkscrew shape behind the planet. The magnetic field's source is unknown.

Satellites
Uranus has 27 known natural satellites. The names for these satellites are chosen from characters from the works of Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. The five main satellites are Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon.

Moons of Uranus:

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