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What are the moons of Uranus made of?

Last Updated: 2nd March, 2020

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All of Uranus's inner moons (those observed by Voyager 2) appear to be roughly half water ice and half rock. The composition of the moons outside the orbit of Oberon remains unknown, but they are likely captured asteroids.

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Besides, what are Uranus moons made out of?

Puck and Mab are the two outermost inner satellites of Uranus. All inner moons are dark objects; their geometrical albedo is less than 10%. They are composed of water ice contaminated with a dark material, probably radiation-processed organics. The small inner moons constantly perturb each other.

Likewise, what are Uranus moons named after? Uranus' Moons & Shakespeare To date 27 moons have been discovered around Uranus, those named after characters from Shakespeare include Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Ariel (The Tempest), Miranda (The Tempest) and Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream).

Considering this, what are two important facts about the moons of Uranus?

The moons, from largest to smallest as they appear here, are Ariel, Miranda, Titania, Oberon and Umbriel. The planet Uranus has 27 known moons, most of which weren't discovered until the space age. They range from Titania, 981 miles (1,579 kilometers) in diameter, to tiny Cupid, only 11 miles (18 km) in diameter.

Can we live on Uranus moons?

What It Would Be Like to Live on Uranus' Moons Titania and Miranda. The surface of Uranus' moon Miranda (seen here) is pocked with craters, but humans might be able to find a way to settle it. The image was taken during Voyager 2's flyby of the Uranus system in 1986.

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