This is a drawing of the magnetosphere of Uranus.
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A Look at Uranus' Magnetosphere
The magnetosphere of Uranus is medium sized, but still much bigger than the Earth's. It holds all of Uranus' moons. It is probably made in the middle of the planet, and with ice, rather than with iron at the center.
The magnetosphere of Uranus has a very strange tilt. The extreme tilt, combined with the extreme tilt of Uranus itself, makes for a completely strange magnetosphere, one which has twisting parts!
Mathematical theory suggests that the rings of Uranus sweep the particles in the magnetosphere into the atmosphere!
The auroraof Uranus is hard to find, and so are radio signals from Uranus, which means that the magnetosphere of Uranus may be almost empty!
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