Uranus’s Inner Moons
How Were the Moons Discovered?
What Do the Inner Moons Do?
How can Moons Create Rings?
All the Inner Moons
Cordelia, the closest moon to the surface of the planet Uranus. Voyager 2 discovered Cordelia in 1986. It appears that this moon’s a shepherd moon for Uranus’ Epsilon ring. A shepherd moon orbits a planet on the edge of its rings. By orbiting on the edge of the ring, the moon keeps the dust and ice inside of the ring, much like a shepherd keeps sheep inside a field. In Shakespeare’s play King Lear Cordelia was a daughter of King Lear.
Ophelia is the second of Uranus’ moons. This world orbits just outside the Epsilon ring, and for this reason is believed to be, like Cordelia, a shepherd moon.
Ophelia, discovered by Voyager 2 in 1986, was named after the daughter of Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Voyager 2 discovered Bianca in 1986. It is a small icy world, and like many of Uranus’ moons, probably a captured asteroid or comet.
Bianca’s named after the sister of Katherine in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
The fourth of Uranus’ moons is the world Cressida. Voyager 2 discovered Cressida on it’s flyby in 1986.
Cressida is the daughter of Calchas in Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida.
Discovered in 1986 by Voyager 2, Desdemona is the fifth of Uranus’ moons.
Desdemona is the wife of Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello.
Juliet is the sixth moon from the surface of Uranus, discovered by Voyager 2 in 1986.
This moon’s named after the young girl in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.
Uranus’ seventh known moon is the world Portia. Voyager 2 discovered Portia in 1986.
Portia was a rich woman in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
Rosalind is the eighth moon from the surface of the planet Uranus. Voyager 2 discovered this moon in 1986.
Rosalind is a daughter of the banished Duke in Shakespeare’s play As You Like It.
Discovered in 1986 by Voyager 2, Belinda is the ninth of Uranus’ moons.
This moon’s named after the heroine in Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock.
The tenth of Uranus’ moons is Puck. Voyager 2 discovered Puck in 1986.
Puck is a fairy in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
There are 3 other moons, all of which are smaller and less well-known.
Other Great Resources:
Dust Bunny on the Moons of Uranus: http://www.dustbunny.com/afk/planets/uranus/uranusmoons.html
Kiddle on the Moons of Uranus: https://kids.kiddle.co/List_of_Uranus%27_moons
Planetary on the Moons of Uranus: http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-images/uranus/voyager2_uranus_moons_color_stryk.html
Space.com on the Moons of Uranus: https://www.space.com/22201-uranus-moons.html