(ORDO NEWS) — Some new facts about the planets of our native solar system cannot but surprise. It is to this kind of discoveries that some information about Uranus relates. Astronomers have come to the conclusion that Uranus is the strangest planet and this is confirmed by many facts proven by researchers.
Who would have thought that thirty years ago, most scientists considered the solar system to be a rather boring place (well, maybe with the exception of Jupiter and Saturn).
It seemed that our Earth revolves around the Sun in the company of little-remarkable pieces of stone, where there is practically nothing interesting. The more surprising is the latest information, for example, about the oddities of Uranus. Below are the most interesting facts about this mysterious planet.
The solar system formed over four and a half billion years ago. Thanks to the data obtained from various spacecraft, researchers are making many new discoveries. We understand why scientists consider Uranus the strangest planet
Inexplicable but the fact!
Uranus is an absolutely amazing planet. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that the plane of the equator of Uranus is inclined to the plane of its orbit at an angle of 98 ° – that is, the planet rotates retrograde, as if lying on its side.
This leads to serious consequences. If the rest of the planets of the solar system are more like spinning tops, then Uranus is more like a rolling ball. This affects the cycle of day and night on the planet, as well as its magnetic field.
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology shows that Uranus’s magnetic field rotates with the planet, literally changing poles every day. The Earth’s magnetosphere is organized around the North and South Poles.
Moreover, if these poles suddenly change places, then our planet could face a real catastrophe. And on Uranus, a similar catastrophe occurs every new day. Its magnetosphere is chaotic, tilted at an angle of 60 degrees to the planet’s axis of rotation, and therefore sometimes it is “open” and sometimes “closed”.
The strangest planet: the mysteries of Uranus
Uranus is the most mysterious and strange planet in the solar system. This is explained by the temperature regime of the planet, which is – 224 degrees Celsius – this is the coldest planetary atmosphere in the solar system!
This interesting fact about Uranus makes the planet different from others. It emits a minimal amount of heat, unlike other giants of the solar system with hot cores. The wind currents on the planet are also amazing. Astronomers have found that the wind speed on the planet can reach up to 900 kilometers per hour.
The authors of the study, Carol Patey and Qin Kao, were able to simulate the activity of Uranus’ magnetic field and uncover some of its mysteries, including how it lets in the solar wind every day, using digital models created from data from Voyager 2. then blocks it.
An article about the study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. This discovery was made thanks to data from Voyager 2, which in 1986 only flew past the planet.
Uranus is named after the Greek god of the sky and was recorded by renowned astronomer William Herschel in 1781. Since ancient times, scientists have assigned Uranus the status of the strangest planet
Storms on Uranus
One of the features of the planet Uranus is its unusual weather. When sunlight hits certain areas for the first time in years, it heats up the atmosphere, causing giant spring storms, according to NASA.
However, when the first photographs of Uranus appeared in 1986 during hot weather in its south, the Voyager 2 space probe captured a sphere with about 10 visible clouds. Surprisingly, it is thanks to this fact that Uranus is considered not only the strangest, but also the “most boring planet.”
However, many years later, Voyager 2 was replaced by the Hubble telescope and the seasons on Uranus also changed before astronomers caught extreme weather on the planet.
For the first time, raging summer storms were recorded in 2014. It is worth noting that such storms occurred seven years after the approach of Uranus to the Sun. This strangest feature of Uranus has remained a mystery to researchers.
In addition to storms on Uranus, there are diamond showers that fall thousands of miles below the surface of icy giant planets such as Uranus and Neptune.
Astronomers note that carbon and hydrogen are compressed due to the extreme temperature and pressure in these planets’ atmospheres. Thus, diamonds are formed, which fall down, settling around the cores of Neptune and Uranus.
These interesting facts have now forced NASA to consider options for the development of this mysterious and strange planet. With luck, a mission to Uranus will be launched by 2034.
It will help explain many inexplicable facts. Uranus is undoubtedly the most unusual planet in the solar system. There is still a lot of research ahead that will help to understand the many facts about this ice giant.
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