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Uranus' Atmospheric Hazes - Windows to the Universe

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This drawing shows the relative location of the hazes of Uranus.
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Uranus' Smog

Besides methane, Uranus' atmosphere contains even more complex molecules such as ethane gas. (These gases are similar to the exhaust gases that come out of cars on earth).

These molecules form layers of smog over the clouds of Uranus, as shown in the picture.


Last modified May 7, 2009 by Randy Russell.

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