- Moon Name: Miranda
- Formed: Around 4.5 billion years ago
- Discovered: February 16th, 1948 by Gerard Kuiper
- Time to Orbit Around Uranus: About 1.4 Earth days
- Orbit Speed: 14,898 miles per hour
- Total Surface Area: 434,959 square miles
- Total Volume: Around 13,155,616 cubic miles
13 Miranda Moon Facts for Kids
- Miranda is one of the five major natural satellites (moons) of the planet Uranus.
- Miranda is also known as Uranus V.
- Miranda is named after a character in the Shakespeare play “The Tempest”.
- Miranda was discovered on February 16th, 1948, by Gerard Kuiper.
- Miranda has a diameter of 292 miles, making it the smallest of the five major moons of Uranus.
- Miranda orbits Uranus every 33.6 hours, and it has the closest orbit to Uranus of all the five major moons.
- Miranda’s +16.6 apparent magnitude prevents amateur telescopes from being able to view it.
- Astronomers estimate that Miranda is made up of more than 60% ice water, with the rest being silicate rock.
- The largest cliff in our Solar System is on Miranda. It’s called Verona Rupes and it’s over 12 miles above the surface.
- The low gravity on Miranda means a person jumping off Verona Rupes would take about 10 minutes to actually hit the surface.
- Miranda is one of the smallest objects in our Solar System that obtained its round shape from its own gravity.
- The Voyager 2 was the only spacecraft to do a close flyby of Miranda, the closest Voyager got was around 18,000 miles.
- The Voyager 2 flyby of Miranda was only able to observe the southern hemisphere that was pointed at the Sun.
Pictures of the moon Miranda
A close-up picture of the surface of Miranda.
A close-up picture of the craters on Miranda.
A picture of a complete view of the Miranda moon.
Additional Resources on Uranus’s moon Miranda
- Miranda – NASA Solar System Exploration – Discover more amazing facts about the Miranda moon on the NASA Solar System Exploration website.
- Bizarre Shape of Uranus’ ‘Frankenstein’ Moon Explained – Learn about the bizarre shape of Miranda on the Space.com website.
- Miranda Moon – Britannica – Find more Miranda moon facts on the Britannica website.
- Miranda Moon – Wikipedia – Expand your knowledge of Miranda, a moon of Uranus on the Wikipedia website.