The planet Uranus, its moons, its rings, orbiting as they do at the far reaches of our Solar System, seem even stranger as scientists analyze data received by radio from the interplanetary probe Voyager 2 in 1986.
Uranus is the third most distant planet from the Sun. The length of a Uranus day is 17.24 hours. Uranus is four times the size of Earth. The planet does have a magnetic field, but it's tilted 60 degrees away from the axis upon which Uranus rotates making it unreadable from Earth. That tilt may mean the magnetic field is undergoing a planet-wide polarity shift.
Rugged moons. The 15 moons of Uranus are eye-openers. They have statuesque mountains towering more than ten miles high. Incredibly deep valleys. Vast plains, some with a mysterious dark surface.
Moon diameters range from a bit fatter than 25 miles up to about 1,100 miles, circling Uranus from every eight hours to every 14 days.
While looking at the rings around Uranus, Voyager uncovered strange incomplete-circle partial formations now called ring arcs. The many rings and arcs varied in depth and density.
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