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Nov 12, 2004 - When the Voyager II spacecraft flew past Uranus in 1986, it saw a fairly boring planet with very little storm activity. But new observations from the 10-metre Keck II telescope in Hawaii show that the planet is getting much more active as it's approaching its equinox, with several new powerful storm systems. Just one image taken this year shows 18 storm systems raging across the planet at the same time - Voyager counted a total of 10 during month-long flyby. Some storms come and go in days, while others can last for years. Some storms can reach wind speeds of 420 km/h (260 mph).
Sep 25, 2003 - Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered two new moons orbiting Uranus. The newly found moons have been temporarily named S/2003 U 1 and S/2003 U 2 until the International Astronomical Union approves the discovery and gives them something more permanent - they're small, however, only 12 to 16 km across. They're so faint and small they eluded the Voyager 2 spacecraft when it flew by Uranus in 1986. This brings Uranian satellite total up to 24, still behind Jupiter (38) and Saturn (30).
Jan 1, 2003 - The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope recently captured an image of the planet Uranus and several of its larger moons. Nearly invisible in normal light, the planet's ring system shows up clearly in the near-infrared image. Uranus is 3,000 million km away from Earth, so the resolution of the image is quite a feat for a ground-based telescope.
Mar 15, 2002 - The Subaru Telescope located in Hawaii has taken a stunning new image of Uranus, revealing the planet's rings and two of its moons. The photograph is actually a composite, made up of infrared light from three different regions of the spectrum; methane, the dominant component of Uranus shows up as blue.
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