For the first time, astronomers detected X-rays from Uranus, the seventh planet infamous for the sun.
The X-rays in question were detected using NASA̵
Researchers discovered “clear X-ray detection” from Chandra observations conducted in 2002, and only recently analyzed them. In 2017 observations, possible X-ray bursts were also found. In another study in 2004, the 2002 X-ray image of Uranus was superimposed on the best image of the Keck-I telescope in pink.
According to astronomers, both Jupiter and Saturn scatter X-ray light from the sun, which is no different from the way the Earth’s atmosphere scatters sunlight. At first, the authors of this new study were convinced that most of the X-rays detected would come from this kind of scattering. However, according to the press release, the “tempting hint” is that there is “at least” another X-ray source. Confirming another source of X-rays may be the key to gaining a deeper understanding of Uranus.
A possible explanation for this alternative source is that, like Saturn, Uranus’s ring emits mysterious X-rays.
For a more in-depth study of Uranus, please browse this paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
These developments from Uranus have occurred at a particularly large amount of time, involving news of changes in space. Last month, the last two crew members of SpaceX’s upcoming national space mission were announced.
What makes us forget is that in recent years, the UAP (also known as UFO) phenomenon has been a mainstream breakthrough, thanks in large part to To the Stars Academy of Arts&Science.
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