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

Discovery

Bianca was discovered Jan. 23, 1986 in images taken by Voyager 2. It is one of the 10 Uranian satellites discovered by the Voyager science team.

Overview

Bianca is one of the small, inner moons of Uranus. Little is known about it other than its size and orbital characteristics. Neither its size or albedo have been measured directly, but by analogy with Belinda and Puck, its surface probably consists of the dark, unprocessed, carbon-rich material found on the C-class of asteroids.

How Bianca Got its Name

Originally called S/1986 U9, Bianca was named after the sister of Katharina (Kate) in Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew."​

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