Miranda [mih-RAN-dah] is the eleventh of Uranus' moons and is the fifth largest. It is the smallest and innermost of the planet's five major moons and is without a doubt the most interesting. Miranda was named after the daughter of the magician Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Unlike the other moons in the Solar System, which are named after Greek an Roman mythological figures, the moons of Uranus are named after characters from classic literature. Miranda was discovered by Gerard Kuiper in 1948. Nearly everything we know about this moon was learned from the Voyager 2 encounter in 1986.

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