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US science advisors desperately want to probe Uranus

April 20th, 2022

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released their newest decadal survey. Apparently, at the top of the list of priorities is a goal to probe Uranus. The report, which was published this year, calls for a spacecraft to orbit Uranus. That spacecraft would then map its gravitational and magnetic fields. It would …

Something bizarre is raining down on Uranus

January 17th, 2022

Scientists believe that Neptune and Uranus could both be home to a constant stream of “diamond rain”. The two planets are considered “ice giants”. They’re mostly made of water, methane, and ammonia, which accounts for the icy-like titles we’ve given them. While they might not be as talked about as some of the other giants …

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Something unexpected and special is happening to Uranus this week

October 21st, 2021

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the dazzlingly bright and full moon many of us saw last night — and which should continue for a few more nights — is called the Hunter’s Moon for an obvious reason. That’s because this full moon in October, which also happens to be the first full moon of …

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There are X-rays coming from Uranus

March 31st, 2021

Uranus is big, cold, and mysterious. As the second-furthest planet from the Sun, it’s rather difficult for researchers here on Earth to study it without sending spacecraft to get a closer look. The only probe to ever make a relatively close flyby of the planet was Voyager 2, and that was over three decades ago. …

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Are there aliens hiding around Uranus?

December 26th, 2020

We have yet to find evidence of life outside of Earth, but it may still be hiding within our own solar system. Scientists say that the ingredients for life may exist on some of the moons in our system, including the icy worlds that orbit Uranus. If alien life does exist there, it is likely …

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Uranus may leak gas into space at least once a day

November 16th, 2020

A new study that modeled Uranus and its magnetosphere suggest that, when the planet is at the correct angle, solars winds can enter the magnetosphere and blow through. The findings seem to match observations made by Voyager 2 decades ago. Additional research would be required to confirm the findings. Uranus is weird. It’s unlike any …

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Astronomers explain why Uranus is so weird

April 8th, 2020

Japanese astronomers have a theory to explain all the weird things about Uranus, including its rotation speed and the angle at which it spins.  The planet may have been impacted by an icy body that vaporized, pushing the planet on its side and helping to form the planet’s tiny moons.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

Uranus is leaking gas

March 26th, 2020

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe flew through a blob of charged gas called a plasmoid decades ago, and scientists only just now realized it.  The blob could reveal secrets about the planet’s atmosphere loss, which may be related to its bizarre rotation and distinct wobble.  Future missions near Uranus, or even to the planet’s surface, could …