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The main differences between Earth and Titania are that Earth is the biggest terrestrial planet in our solar system with a diameter of 12,742km whereas Titania’s is 1,576.8km, Earth has 1 moon orbiting it while Titania is one moon of many that orbits Uranus, and Earth is able to sustain intelligent life while Titania has no signs of being able to do the same.
For a more thorough look at what makes each body as big as they are, continue reading as the similarities and differences between both terrestrial bodies will be covered in more detail below.
What Is Planet Earth?
Our home planet Earth is the 3rd farthest planet from the Sun, made up of a mixture of water and solid rock like objects, and is the only entity in our solar system known to allow intelligent life forms like ourselves to exist.
Earth’s distance of 152 million km from the Sun has allowed it to remain within the goldilocks zone and as a result, the planet has been able to thrive for millions of years. It orbits the Sun in a circular pattern, much like all the other planets, has only one natural satellite which would be the Moon and is a terrestrial planet to boot.
In regards to its diameter, Earth is the 5th largest planet with a diameter 12,742km.
Earth’s temperature ranges based on the region you’re located where it can be from as low as -94 degrees Celsius in Antarctica to as high as 50 – 55 degrees Celsius in Tunisia.
As for the planets composition, it consists of the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core, where the inner core is the hottest element within the Earth reaching temperature in excess of 5,200 degrees Celsius.
In regards to some of its most unique features, Earth is around 71% water, has an atmosphere consisting mostly of oxygen and nitrogen that is also made up of 5 main layers, with the highest to lowest being the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere.
A day on Earth is 24 hours and an orbital cycle around the Sun takes 365 days to complete. It’s axial tilt is more distinct at 23.5 degrees to the right.
What Is The Moon Titania?
Titania is the biggest of Uranus’s moons, with a circumference of 4,956km and a diameter of 1576.8km.
The high density of this moon suggests that it most likely formed from a collection of dust and debris leftover from the formation of Uranus or from the debris created in the collision that reportedly tilted Uranus onto its side. As a result Titania has a mass of 3.4 × 10^21 kg.
First discovered on 11th January 1787 (the same day as the discovery of Oberon, the second biggest moon of Uranus) by British astronomer William Herschel, the name “Titania” comes from the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Most of Uranus’ moons are named after Shakespeare’s characters.)
Having observed Titania for many years, scientists theorize that its composition is likely to be equal parts ice and rock, the latter of which may contain carbonaceous materials and organic compounds.
Research suggests that the moon most likely has a rocky core (accounting for 66% of the moon’s radius) and an icy mantle. If the mantle contains ammonia, it will act as antifreeze and make it possible for liquid water to exist. In this instance, the moon could possess a layer of liquid ocean around 50km thick.
Titania tilts slightly towards the equator of Uranus and is tidally locked to its planet. This means a Titania day is 8 days and 17 hours which would be the same for its orbital cycle. Titania has an average temperature of -203 degrees Celsius.
The planet Uranus is also tilted, with the moons orbiting on the equatorial plane, giving it extreme seasons. On Titania, the north and south poles experience 42 years of complete sunshine followed by 42 years of total darkness.
Scientists have observed the presence of large amounts of carbon dioxide, suggesting this may be the primary component of this moon’s atmosphere. Thanks to the tilted orbit, and a concentration of solar radiation from the poles, Titania probably maintains a carbon dioxide cycle, similar to the hydrogen cycle on Earth.
Similarities Between Earth And Titania
Titania and Earth do have their odd few similarities, which in this case includes the below:
- Both have a hotter central core.
- Both have an atmosphere and a rocky surface.
- Both are a spherical shape.
- Both are part of the same solar system.
- Both have no rings surrounding them.
Differences Between Earth And Titania
As for the differences between thee two, they include the below.
- Titania orbits Uranus whilst Earth only orbits the Sun.
- Earth is a terrestrial planet whilst Titania is a terrestrial based natural satellite.
- Earth has 1 moon whilst Titania has 0.
- Earth has a nearly circular orbit while Titania has a far more drastic elliptical orbit.
- Earth has a diameter of 12,742km whilst Titania’s diameter is 1,576.8km.
- Titania has a very thin exosphere composed mostly of carbon dioxide whilst Earth has a far thicker atmosphere composed of 5 main layers
- A day on Titania takes 8 days 17 hours whilst a Earth day is 24 hours.
- It takes Titania 8 days 17 hours to orbit Uranus and around the Sun in 84 years whilst Earth orbits the Sun in 365 days.
- Earth has an axial tilt of 23.4 degrees whilst Titania’s axial tilt is closer to 0.
- Titania’s average temperature is around -203 degrees Celsius whilst Earth has an average temperature of 13.9 degrees Celsius.
- Earth’s density is 5.51 g/cm³ whilst Titania’s density is 1.71 g/cm³.
- Earth’s mass is 5.972 × 10^24 kg whilst Titania’s mass is 3.4 × 10^21 kg.
- Titania’s gravitational strength is 0.367 m/s² whilst Earth’s is 9.807 m/s².
- Titania is tidally locked to Uranus whilst Earth is not tidally locked to any entity.
- Earth has a magnetosphere whilst Titania does not.
- Titania may have water within its surface but Earth has liquid water that has allowed intelligent life to flourish.
- Earth is volcanically active while Titania is not.
Earth and Titania may both be part of the same solar system and are terrestrial based but, they certainly differ more than they have common.
Whether it be in regards to size, mass, temperature, their atmospheric composition, orbital pattern, their ability to sustain life and more so, all things considered Earth is the most unique entity in our solar system due to its ability to sustain intelligent life.