This is a drawing depicting the motions in interior of Uranus.
Image from: The New Solar System
Motions in Uranus' Interior
Motions in the interior of a planet help carry heat from the inside to the outside.
The drawing to the left illustrates the kind of movements that happen in interior of a planet. Material rises from the interior, and flows in a roiling motion like the boiling of a pot. In the drawing are
shown loops of material turning over in the upper ice layer of Uranus.
In the interior of Uranus, the ice layers are warm enough to move in this fashion. Some scientists think, however, that the interior of Uranus may have a different sort of motion.
The magnetosphere of Uranus seems to be produced by motions in the icy layers inside Uranus.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
on science education, ranging from evolution
, classroom research
, and the need for science and math literacy
You might also be interested in:
This is a picture of ice flowing at the south pole, or the Antarctic region of the Earth. Ice flows very easily, but very slowly. Glaciers are perfect examples of the fact that ice can move. Glaciers flow...more
Motions in the interior of a gas-giant planet such as Uranus may be very different from the motions within the Earth. A second idea for the motions in the interior of a gas-giant planet is shown in this...more
Magnetospheres are generated with 1.) magnetic materials and 2.) with motions within the magnetic material. The Earth-like planets generate magnetospheres within the iron cores at the center. However,...more
The Giant planets do not have the same layered structure that the earthlike planets do. Their evolution was quite different than that of the earthlike planets, and they have much more gas and ice inside....more
The picture shows places on Jupiter which are hot. Jupiter is a very warm body in space, as shown in the picture, and this warmth is associated with the energy of Jupiter. When the energy of the outer...more
Motions in the interior of a planet help carry heat from the inside to the outside. The drawing to the left illustrates the kind of movements that happen in interior of a planet. Material rises from the...more
The giant planets have definitely changed since their formation. But how much remains to be seen. Most of the original air of the giant planets remains in place. (The earth-like planets lost most of their...more
Uranus' atmosphere is made of methane, a medium sized molecule. At the uppermost reaches of the atmosphere, methane gas breaks apart due to energy from the sun and from the magnetosphere. The remins of...more