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Wed Mar 31, 2021, 04:16 PM

Uranus is belching X-rays and is weirder than we ever thought

By Meghan Bartels 16 minutes ago

The more scientists study it, the weirder Uranus gets.

The newest mystery to add to the planet's repertoire? Astronomers have detected X-rays from the strange world — and while some of the signal may be reflected emissions from the sun, some appear to be coming from the planet itself, according to a NASA statement.

That's according to new research that analyzed observations of Uranus gathered by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2002 and 2017.



A composite image of the planet Uranus shows 2002 X-ray emission in pinkish purple. (Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXO/University College London/W. Dunn et al; Optical: W.M. Keck Observatory)

Plenty of solar system objects emit X-rays — everything from Venus to Saturn to moons of Jupiter, the scientists write in a paper describing their research. In fact, of the solar system's planets, only little-studied Uranus and Neptune were missing from the list.

More:
https://www.space.com/uranus-emitting-x-rays-chandra-observations?utm_source=notification

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Reply Uranus is belching X-rays and is weirder than we ever thought (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 31 OP
doc03 Mar 31 #1
peppertree Mar 31 #2
Hugh_Lebowski Mar 31 #3
rickyhall Mar 31 #4
Blue Dawn Mar 31 #5
rsdsharp Mar 31 #7
Blue Dawn Mar 31 #8
Sneederbunk Mar 31 #6
Shermann Mar 31 #9
Sneederbunk Mar 31 #11
Binkie The Clown Mar 31 #10
Kaleva Mar 31 #12

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 04:19 PM

1. Could this be evidence of extra terrestrial life?

Ancient alien theoriest say "yes".

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 04:25 PM

2. Astrologers must be smiling

Uranus, they'll tell you, governs the novel and unusual - the 'weird', if you will.

So it figures that any energy it emits, would be along those lines.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 04:32 PM

3. I didn't need scientists to tell me this (nt)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 04:33 PM

4. It's the Jewish Space Lasers.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 04:44 PM

5. Hmmmmm.....

I’m pretty sure Uranus is my home planet.

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Response to Blue Dawn (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 05:26 PM

7. That's Uranus

not mine.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 05:28 PM

8. LOL!

Touché!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 04:48 PM

6. Sounds like cosmic flatulence.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 05:50 PM

9. I'm pretty sure we're all thinking Uranus technically FARTS x-rays nt

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Response to Shermann (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 06:29 PM

11. Not mine.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 05:52 PM

10. That's not what Myanus belches. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Mar 31, 2021, 10:17 PM

12. Poor Uranus. The butt of most jokes about our solar system.

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