Ariel is a large moon of Uranus, made up of silicate rock and ice, making it Uranus's brightest moon.

The same side of Ariel always faces Uranus.


Ariel was discovered on October 24, 1851 by William Lassell.

Name EtymologyEdit

Ariel is named after a spirit in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," and a character in Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock."


  • Ariel has a prograde orbit.
  • Ariel has the youngest surface of Uranus's larger moons.
  • It may have layers, like a core and crust.
  • It is Uranus's fourth largest moon in our Solar System.
  • It takes Ariel 60 hours for it to make a complete trip around Uranus.

Uranian Moons
Cordelia - Ophelia - Bianca - Cressida - Desdemona - Juliet - Portia - Rosalind - Cupid - Belinda - Perdita - Puck - Mab - Miranda - Ariel - Umbriel - Titania - Oberon Francisco - Caliban - Stephano - Trinculo - Sycorax - Margaret - Prospero - Setebos - Ferdinand