This is a diagram of the interior of Uranus.
Image from: The New Solar System
An Overview of Uranus' Interior
The Giant planets do not have the same layered structure that the earthlike planets do. Their evolution was quite different than that of the earthlike planets, and they have much more gas and ice inside.
Uranus's interior is primarily made of methane ice.
Motions in the interior of Uranus help form the magnetosphere of Uranus. Heat generated within Uranus helps form the unusual winds of the atmosphere.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
on science education, classroom activities in The Earth Scientist
specimens, and educational games
You might also be interested in:
Motions in the interior of a planet help carry heat from the inside to the outside. The drawing to the left illustrates the kind of movements that happen in interior of a planet. Material rises from the...more
The picture shows places on Jupiter which are hot. Jupiter is a very warm body in space, as shown in the picture, and this warmth is associated with the energy of Jupiter. When the energy of the outer...more
Motions in the interior of a gas-giant planet such as Uranus may be very different from the motions within the Earth. A second idea for the motions in the interior of a gas-giant planet is shown in this...more
Uranus' atmosphere is made of methane, a medium sized molecule. At the uppermost reaches of the atmosphere, methane gas breaks apart due to energy from the sun and from the magnetosphere. The remins of...more
The plain aquamarine face of Uranus confirms the fact that Uranus is covered with clouds. The sameness of the planet's appearance shows that the planet's atmosphere is mostly composed of one thing, methane....more
Uranus has // Call the moon count function defined in the document head print_moon_count('uranus'); fascinating moons and a complicated ring system. The ring is a completely different form of ring than...more
The Giant planets do not have the same layered structure that the earthlike planets do. Their evolution was quite different than that of the earthlike planets, and they have much more gas and ice inside....more
Uranus is the tilted planet. The axis through its North and South Poles is tilted by 98°. In other words, Uranus is lying on its side! That's not all - the magnetic field of Uranus is tilted, too. The...more