This is a diagram showing the temperature profile.
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Uranus' Thermosphere Temperature Profile
This is the temperature profile of Uranus' thermosphere. The thermosphere is the other region of the atmosphere where warming takes place. On Uranus, incoming particles from the magnetosphere play a strong role in raising the temperature of this region. The thermosphere is also warmed from the sun's ultraviolet radiation. There is no top, or thermopause, to the thermosphere.
The graph shows that the temperature goes from about 170 kelvins (-153° F) to about 850 K (1,100° F).
For a picture showing how the temperature changes in whole atmosphere, click here.
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