This is an image of Uranus' atmosphere.
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An Overview of Motions in Uranus' Atmosphere
Motion of air in the atmosphere means wind. The major winds in the Uranian atmosphere called zonal winds
Motion of air in the atmosphere can also happen by diffusion. There is a continual circulation within the atmosphere from the top to the bottom. This top to bottom circulation has big affects on the weather of Uranus.
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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
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