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Uranus moons. The Sun and the giant planets

Uranus moons. The Sun and the giant planets

Today, the giant planet Uranus has 27 moons, or at least those are what we know. In the image you can see some of them, the five largest. The others are much smaller and difficult to see. The five largest moons of Uranus are Titania, Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel and Oberon.

Most of the known bodies that make up the Solar System have received names from Greco-Roman mythology. In the case of the moons of Uranus, their names come from the characters in the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope, especially their female protagonists.

Titania is the largest moon of Uranus. It has a diameter of 1,580 kilometers, and is covered with craters and rocks. You can also see the presence of faults, which indicate that the internal forces of the satellite have shaped its surface.

The brightest moon of Uranus is Ariel, which has numerous canyons and valleys on its surface, as well as craters. On the contrary, Umbriel is the darkest satellite of Uranus. Like Oberon, Umbriel has a surface practically covered with craters. The fifth great moon of Uranus, Miranda, has a very peculiar surface. It is formed by large canyons of great depth, up to 20 kilometers. They alternate layers of remains of ancient and recent surfaces.

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