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The Environment of Uranus

Uranus' has strong gravity and extremely cold temperatures (-270 degrees F to -380 degrees F). There is also energy from lightning and ultraviolet light.

Uranus is made of methane, ethane and other sophisticated gases. These materials, combined with the energy from lightning, ultraviolet light, and charged particles, constitute the essential elements of conditions under which scientists believe life began. But life on Earth grew and changed, and now these conditions are no longer suitable for life as we know it.

This environment sounds very unfriendly to life as we know it on earth.

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