This is an image of Uranus' rings.
Click on image for full size
Courtesy of NASA
The rings of Uranus extend from 1.49 Ru to 1.95 Ru, which is within a region usually reserved for the plasmasphere. (The Earth's plasmasphere extends from 1 Re to roughly 6 Re).
At Uranus, the rings have a greater sweeping effect due to the extreme tilt of the axis of the magnetic field. The tilt extends the range of the rings down to about 1 Ru.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Learn about Earth and space science, and have fun while doing it! The games
section of our online store
includes a climate change card game
and the Traveling Nitrogen game
You might also be interested in:
Uranus' plasmasphere is tiny. The rings of Uranus sweep away much of the particles in the area. Particles enter the plasmasphere from the atmosphere as well as the magnetotail. Mathematical theory suggests...more
There is not very much radio noise within the magnetosphere of Uranus. Signals are observed with much less power than observed at Saturn, but several times greater than observed at Earth. The signals...more
Besides methane, Uranus' atmosphere contains even more complex molecules. These molecules form layers of smog over the clouds of Uranus, as shown in the picture. ...more
The mesosphere of Uranus is a region of balance between warming and cooling. That essentially means that nothing happens there. Except for diffusion, the atmosphere is still. Upper reaches of the atmosphere,...more
As on Earth, the atmosphere of Uranus consists of a troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere. The troposphere is the region where the visible clouds are to be found. The stratosphere, as...more
On Uranus, as on Jupiter, the winds in the belts and zones blow first in one direction, then in the other direction. The clouds rise up in a belt, and drop down in a zone, as shown in this picture. This...more
The clouds on Uranus, like Jupiter, are divided into stripes. On Uranus the stripes are hard to find. The left picture shows the north pole of Uranus. In this picture only the smog can be seen. The clouds,...more