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October 19 2012

Ultra-Detailed Look At Uranus Reveals Mysterious Weather Patterns

Astronomers have created the most detailed, high-resolution images of Uranus ever taken, showing off its complex weather patterns and several features that scientists don’t completely understand.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and an ice giant, composed mainly of frozen methane, water, ammonia, and hydrocarbons. For most people, the iconic image of Uranus was taken in 1986 by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, the only man-made probe to visit the planet, showing a smooth blue-green world. But this featureless marble doesn’t represent Uranus’ true face, which is swept with intricate cloudy bands, much like Jupiter and Saturn.

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