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What are the surface features of Uranus?

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One of the most important factors in understanding the surface features of Uranus is the realization that it doesn't have a solid surface like Earth does. Instead, it has an atmosphere that consists mostly of hydrogen and helium and an underlying core that consists of liquid ice.

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Uranus also has lots of methane in its atmosphere, which helps make it one of the most visible planets to the naked eye. Since the planet has no solid surface, an object attempting to land on it would pass through the gaseous atmosphere and freeze on its way through the icy core. Uranus is one of the least dense planets in the solar system.

One of the more fascinating features of Uranus is that its actual surface has a different color scheme than the one people see from Earth. The actual surface is a dark, dull gray color. However, the impact of the sun hitting the mixture of gases on the surface causes the planet to appear to be bright blue, green and yellow when viewed from Earth. Clouds also contribute to the appearance as the reflection of sunlight bounces off the clouds. The atmospheric surface of Uranus has winds four times stronger than the winds of hurricanes on Earth.

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