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Can life exist on Uranus?

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The planet Uranus is unable to support the kinds of living organisms that exist on Earth. Nobody knows for sure whether life exists on Uranus, but if there is any life there, it must be capable of surviving in conditions that are very different from those of Earth because of Uranus' extreme tilt and other features.

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The atmosphere of Uranus is made up of methane, helium and hydrogen. When viewed from a telescope from Earth, it displays a brilliant green-blue color. This color is largely due to the presence of methane gas. Uranus is three times the size of Earth, and winds on this giant planet whip around at phenomenal speeds.

Like Saturn, Uranus has rings, although these rings are extremely faint and can only be seen using powerful instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope. These rings consist of giant ice boulders and space dust.

Uranus has 27 moons that vary between icy moons, rocky moons and combinations of the two. The tiny Miranda, a puzzling moon of Uranus, shows evidence of harsh conditions by the numerous fractures on her surface. This moon has a diameter of around 300 miles.

Uranus is named after a Greek deity of the Heavens, one of the first supreme gods in Greek mythology.

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