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Uranus montage


Uranus and its five major moons are depicted in this montage of images acquired by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.  Uranus appears as a uniformly blue globe, similar to how the eye would naturally see it; only with computer-aided image processing do subtle bands in the planet's upper atmosphere appear. The moons, from largest to smallest as they appear here, are Ariel, Miranda, Titania, Oberon and Umbriel. Voyager 2 also discovered 10 smaller moons and relayed images of Uranus's ring system during the planetary encounter nearly 2 billion miles from Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL

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