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This is a graph of the temperature profile.
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Uranus' Stratospheric Temperature Profile

This diagram shows the temperature profile of Uranus' stratosphere. The temperature becomes warmer with height until the stratopause, or "top" of the stratosphere is reached. As shown in the figure, the stratopause is placed at 1 thousandth of a bar of pressure (one thousand times less than the pressure at the surface of Earth), at the elbow where the temperature no longer increases with height but is steady with height.

Hazes of Uranus are located throughout this region of the atmosphere.

The diagram shows that the temperature goes from about 55 kelvins (-370° F) to about 120 K (-243° F) in 100 km (62 miles or 328,000 ft.), reversing the temperature trend in the troposphere. Compare the changes in the stratosphere with those in the mesosphere.

For a picture showing how the temperature changes in whole atmosphere, click here.


Last modified May 28, 2010 by Randy Russell.

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