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This is a drawing of the interior of Uranus.
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A Look at the Inside of Uranus

The Giant planets do not have the same kind of layers inside that the earth-like planets do. The history of the giant planets was so different that they formed with much more gas on the inside.

Uranus is made of ice.

Motions inside Uranus help form the magnetosphere of Uranus. Heat from within Uranus helps to make unusual winds in the atmosphere.


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