Titania, Moon Of Uranus

Learn more about Titania, a moon of Uranus.

Uranus is a planet in the solar system that really never gets much attention. It is not one of the biggest planets, but it does have very unique characteristics. One of Uranus's characteristics is the moon Titania that orbits around this planet.

Titania is the largest moon of Uranus and should not be confused with Titan, a moon of Saturn. Titania was discovered in 1787 by William Herschel. The name was suggested by Herschel's son, John, in 1852. All of the moons of Uranus are named for characters from Shakespeare or Alexander Pope. Titania was named after Titania, the Queen of the Faeries in A Midsummer Night's Dream. This moon was also designated Uranus III.

The only close up images of Titania are from the Voyager 2 probe, which photographed the moon during its Uranus flyby in January of 1986. At the time of the flyby, the southern hemisphere of the moon was pointed towards to Sun. Only that part was studied since it was the part that was facing the Sun.

Titania is composed of about 50% water ice, 30% silicate rock, and about 20% methane related organic compounds. One of the major surface features of this moon is a huge canyon that dwarfs the scale of the Grand Canyon on Earth. This canyon is huge in scope to the size of the moon, and is quite breathtaking at that.

The entire surface of Titania is marked by a few large impacts, but is generally covered with small craters and very rough rocks. There are also many faults on Titania, which indicates that there have been internal forces molding its surface.

Titania has a radius of 788.9 kilometers, and an average density of 1.70. The moon has an average distance from Uranus of 435,840 kilometers and orbits in roughly the same orbit all the time. It takes Titania about 8.7 days to rotate, and about 8.7 days to orbit around Uranus.

Titania is a beautiful moon, but not much is known about it. Titania is such a mystery because scientists have not spent much time figuring out more information about this gorgeous moon. They do know that she is relatively active under the surface, and that her surface is characterized by a lot of minor craters and a few large craters. Scientists continue to study Titania as they get more information from space probes and more photographs from flybys.

The most prominent features are on Titania are fault valleys that stretch across her entire surface. They are up to 1,500 kilometers long and as much as 75 kilometers wide. The walls that face the sun tend to be very bright in these valleys, which gives Titania a bright look when she catches the Sun. Though the brightness is relatively based on the angle at which Titania picks up the Sun, it is also thought to be possible frost deposits on the surface.

Uranus is a planet that no one really knows too much about. Since Uranus is not studied quite as extensively as some of the other planets, the moons are not studied as much either. It is not that Titania is not interesting, but only that getting information about this beautiful moon is sometimes difficult.

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