Hubble Tracks Clouds and Moons at Uranus

Taking its first peek at Uranus, NASA Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) has detected six distinct clouds in images taken July 28, 1997. Hubble also captured eight moons in this image. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/STScI Full Image and Caption ›

Discovery

Belinda was discovered on Jan. 13, 1986 in images taken by Voyager 2. It is one of the 10 Uranian satellites discovered by the Voyager science team.

Little is known about Belinda other than its size and orbital characteristics. Based on its low albedo, its surface probably consists of the dark, unprocessed, carbon-rich material found on the C-class of asteroids.

How Belinda Got its Name

Originally called S/1986 U5, Belinda was named after the character whose lock of hair is stolen in Alexander Pope's "Rape of the Lock."​

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