The tilted planet

The tilted planet

Fig. 11.1 . Thin, spidery rings and several small moons encircle Uranus. The planet is tipped on its side, so its equator, rings and direction of rotation are almost perpendicular to the plane of the planetís orbital motion around the Sun. Storm clouds, found in the northern upper atmosphere (right) circle the planet at more than 500 kilometers per hour. The clouds are tinted pink in this false-color image to show that it was taken at infrared wavelengths, but the clouds are white in visible light. This image was taken on 8 August 1998 from the Hubble Space Telescope. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL/STScI.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University