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October 14, 1998 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-35

Hubble Finds Many Bright Clouds on Uranus

October 14, 1998: A Hubble telescope infrared view of Uranus reveals that the planet is surrounded by its four major rings and by 10 of its 17 known satellites.

Hubble recently found about 20 clouds nearly as many clouds on Uranus as the previous total in the history of modern observations. The orange-colored clouds near the prominent bright band circle the planet at more than 300 mph (500 km/h). One of the clouds on the right-hand side is brighter than any other cloud ever seen on Uranus.


Credit: Erich Karkoschka (University of Arizona) and NASA