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Titania, the largest moon of Uranus

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Updated June 01, 2013

Titania is also called Uranus III.
It is the largest moon of Uranus, the eighth most massive of the solar system.
Titania is formed from an accretion disk around the planet Uranus, some time after its formation. The other scenario is that Titania formation is the result of a giant impact, perhaps one that gave Uranus its inclination to the plane of rotation around the Sun.
It was discovered Jan. 11, 1787 by William Herschel, along with Oberon, the second largest moon of Uranus.
Titania is composed of about 50% of ice, 30% silicate and 20% of chemical compounds close to the methane.
One of its main physical characteristics is the presence of a huge canyon, far larger than the Grand Canyon on Earth, the same order of magnitude as Valles Marineris on Mars or Ithaca Chasma on Tethys, Saturn's moon.
The overall albedo of Titania is low (0.17).
All the moons of Uranus are named character works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.
Titania is the Queen of the Fairies in "The Dream of a Summer Night" by William Shakespeare.

 Titania lune de la planète Uranus 
TitaniaMoon of Uranus
Mean diameter1577 km
Mass352.7×1019 kg
Mean density1 711 kg/m3
Discovered date January 11, 1787
Discovered byWilliam Herschel
Semi-major axis435 910 km
Orbital period8.706234 d
Dimensions788.4 ± 0.6 km
Inclination0.34 °
Mean temperature70 K ±7
Escape Velocity0.773 km/s
Rotation periodsynchronous

Image: Titania, the moon of Uranus, photographed by Voyager 2 in 1986. Its surface is slightly red, young impact deposits are slightly blue and the plains are reddish. Credit: NASA


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