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8 outstanding images of the planet Uranus

By: Katherine Butler on April 11, 2011, 1:25 p.m.
A rare eclipse on Uranus

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A rare eclipse on Uranus

In 2006, the Hubble Space Telescope caught a rare view of an eclipse on Uranus. Uranus has an extremely strong magnetosphere. Its atmosphere is comprised mostly of hydrogen and smaller amounts of helium and methane. Further, it averages around 2,870,972,200 kilometers (1,783,939,400 miles) from the Sun. And while its atmosphere is extremely cold, experts estimate that the oceans can reach a temperature as high as 4,200 degrees F (2,300 degrees C).