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Ariel Moon Facts
- Moon Name: Ariel
- Designation: Uranus I
- Date Discovered: October 24th, 1851
- Discovered by: William Lassell
- Average Orbit of Uranus: 118,619.76 mi
- Total Volume: 194,963,181.07 mi3
- Surface Area: 1,625,994.95 mi2
18 Ariel Moon Facts for Kids
- Ariel is one of the 27 known moons of the planet Uranus.
- Ariel is named after a sky spirit in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock.
- Ariel is also designated as Uranus I.
- Ariel was discovered on October 24th, 1851 by English merchant and astronomer William Lassell.
- Ariel was discovered on the same day as Umbriel, another moon orbiting Uranus.
- The average orbit distance for Ariel is 118,619.76 mi.
- The total surface area of Ariel is 1,625,994.95 mi2.
- The total volume of Ariel is 194,963,181.07 mi3.
- Ariel completes an orbit around Uranus every 2.52 days.
- Ariel is one of the five major moons of Uranus.
- Ariel is the second smallest of the five major moons of Uranus.
- Ariel is the fourth largest moon out of all 27 known moons orbiting Uranus.
- Ariel is the most reflective moon out of all 27 known moons orbiting Uranus.
- Ariel is the smallest of all 19 known spherical moons in our Solar System.
- The longest canyon on Ariel is about 385 miles long and is known as Kachina Chasma.
- The largest crater on Ariel is about 48 miles wide and is known as Yangoor.
- Transits of Ariel on Uranus were capture on July 26th, 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope and in 2008 by the European Southern Observatory.
- The vast majority of what we know about Ariel came from the Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus in 1986.
Additional Resources on Uranus’s moon Ariel
- Learn About Ariel – Learn about Ariel, one of Uranus’s moons on the NASA Solar System Exploration website.
- Ariel Moon Stats and Data – Find the latest stats and data for the natural satellite Ariel on the NASA Solar System Exploration website.
- The Moons of Uranus – Discover more of the moons orbiting Uranus on the Britannica website.
- Ariel (Moon) – Wikipedia – Read more about Ariel, a moon of Uranus, on the Wikipedia website.