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Uranus' Troposphere

The troposphere of Uranus is where the methane clouds are. Clouds form in regions of strong atmospheric motion when condensation takes place. The troposphere is the region rapidly stirred by vertical motions.

The troposphere is warmed by the sun, warmed by Uranus' interior, and is cooled due to re-radiation to space by the gases of the atmosphere. For a picture showing how the temperature changes in this region, click here.


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Uranus' Methane Clouds

The methane clouds of Uranus are found low in the atmosphere. The methane clouds are the only clouds to be found on Uranus, but there are hazes of smog high in the atmosphere. The diagram shows that the...more

Uranus' Tropospheric Temperature Profile

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An Overview of Uranus' Atmospheric Structure

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Uranus' Mesosphere

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Altitude Changes in the Belts & Zones

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Why Uranus looks like a "bullseye"

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