Discovery and naming
The surface, including many of the crater floors, is partially covered with a dark material of unknown origin. Some astronomers speculate that this material is an aqueous solution that upwelled from the interior.
Problems for uniformitarian theories posed by Oberon
Oberon poses the same problem for uniformitarian astronomy as do all the other moons of Uranus: its orbit is inclined severely to the ecliptic, though not to Uranus' own equator. How the Uranian system came to have such an inclination has never been explained.
Observation and Exploration
Oberon is visible on a dark sky through a telescope having an aperture of 30 cm or more.
The only spacecraft to explore Oberon has been Visiting mission::Voyager 2. It approached to within 470,600 km of Oberon on January 24, 1986, and took a small number of images. No other detailed images are available.
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