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Uranus Rings Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Uranus Rings Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

This photo of the Uranus rings was generated using images taken by Voyager 2. This image was taken with diffused direct light and shows dust bands that cannot be seen in any other image. The real color of the rings is a neutral gray and they are as dark as coal.

The first nine rings of Uranus were discovered in 1977. During the visits of the Voyager ships, these rings were photographed and measured, as well as the other new rings. The rings of Uranus are clearly different from those of Jupiter and Saturn. The outermost of the rings, epsilon, is composed of ice rocks several feet wide. There also seems to be a slight distribution of dust throughout the ring system.

There could also be a large number of narrow, or possibly incomplete, or ring arches, with widths that do not reach 50 meters. The individual particles of the rings have a low reflectivity. At least one of the rings, the epsilon, has a gray color. The moons Cordelia and Ophelia act as satellites accompanying the epsilon ring.

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