Following the pattern of naming the moons of Uranus after characters from English literature, Ariel is actually named after two: a sky spirit in both Alexander Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock' and Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.'

It is a frigid world comprised of roughly equal parts ice and rock, with a surface relatively free of craters, indicating that it was completely resurfaced some time in its history. It is a world of extremes (daylight on each side of the moon lasts for 42 Earth-years), but it is a challenge your settlers are eager to overcome.

About[edit | edit source]

Ariel is the fourth largest of five largest moons of Uranus. It's also the 15th closest moon to Uranus.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Make sure to get rid of the hidden ocean frozen in Ariel's ice caps before increasing the temperature or pressure, otherwise you might accidentally flood your world.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ariel was discovered in 1851.
  • Ariel is named after the leading sylph in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock.
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