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Uranus Moon Sycorax
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Sycorax -- Sycorax is a moon of Uranus. It was named after a witch living on an island in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Its orbital radius is approximately 12.2 million km from Uranus and is about 160 km in diameter, but this size estimate is based on the moon's apparent brightness and the assumption that it has an albedo of about 0.07. Its orbit is retrograde...

Uranus Moon Caliban
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Caliban -- Caliban is a moon of Uranus, named after Caliban, the character in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Caliban was discovered on September 6 - September 7, 1997 by Brett Gladman, Phil Nicholson, Joseph Burns, and JJ Kavelaars using the 200-inch Hale telescope; they also discovered the moon Sycorax at the same time. ----- Discovery Discovered by Brett...

Uranus Moon Oberon
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Oberon -- Oberon is the name of the outermost of the major moons of the planet Uranus; discovered on January 11, 1787 by William Herschel. All of the moons of Uranus are named for characters from Shakespeare or Alexander Pope. Names for the first four discovered moons of Uranus (Oberon, Titania, Ariel, Umbriel) were given by John Herschel, the son of William. Oberon was...

Uranus Moon Titania
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Titania -- Titania is the largest moon of Uranus. Titania was discovered on January 11, 1787 by William Herschel. All of the moons of Uranus are named for characters from Shakespeare or Alexander Pope. Names for the first four discovered moons of Uranus, Oberon, Titania, Ariel and Umbriel, were given by John Herschel, the son of William. Titania was named after Titania,...

Uranus Moon Umbriel
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Umbriel -- Umbriel is a moon of Uranus discovered in 1851 by William Lassell. It was named after the 'dusky melancholy sprite' in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock. Umbriel's surface is the darkest of the Uranian moons, and it is also the least geologically active. It is mostly composed of water ice, with the balance made up of silicate rock and methane ice. Most of its...

Uranus Moon Ariel
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Ariel -- Ariel is a moon of Uranus discovered in 1851 by William Lassell. Its composition is roughly 50% water ice, 30% silicate rock, and 20% methane ice, and it appears to have regions of fresh frost in places. Largely devoid of impact craters, Ariel appears to have undergone a period of intense geological activity that has produced a huge network of fault canyons and...

Uranus Moon Miranda
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Miranda -- Miranda is the smallest and innermost of Uranus' major moons. Discovered in 1948 by Gerard Kuiper, it roughly half water ice with the remainder being divided between silicate rock and methane-related organic compounds. Miranda's surface is criss-crossed by huge canyons up to 12 miles deep, with patchwork regions of broken terrain indicating intense geological...

Uranus Moon Puck
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Puck -- Puck is a moon of Uranus. It was discovered by Voyager 2 in 1986. Little is known about it aside from its orbit, its size, and its dark albedo (approximately 0.07). In Celtic mythology and English folklore, Puck is a mischievous tricky sprite, originally an evil demon, but better known as a character in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream who travels around the globe...

Uranus Moon Belinda
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Belinda -- Belinda is a moon of Uranus. It was named after the heroine in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock. Other than its size and orbit, virtually nothing is known about it. ----- Discovery Discovered by Voyager 2 Discovered in 1986 Orbital characteristics Mean radius 75255 km Eccentricity 0.00011 Orbital period 0.62352d Inclination 0.03...

Uranus Moon Rosalind
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Rosalind -- Rosalind is a moon of Uranus. It was named after the daughter of the banished Duke in William Shakespeare's play As You Like It. Other than its size and orbit, virtually nothing is known about it. ----- Discovery Discovered by Voyager 2 Discovered in 1986 Orbital characteristics Mean radius 69927 km Eccentricity 0.00009 Orbital period...

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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.