This is an image of Uranus in false color.
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Uranus Clouds, Overview
of Uranus, made of
methane crystals, are found very low in the sky, and are difficult to find beneath the hazey smog
of the pla
net. False color is used, in the picture of Uranus to the right, to show the pattern the clouds make. In the picture, the air shows a circular pattern
. This is because the center of the picture is the north pole. The
winds of Uranus blow around the north pole.
Because Uranus lies on its side, with the north pole facing the sun, the weather of Uranus should be very strange.
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