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Uranus / X – rays detected from Uranus for the first time ( All important details with key highlights )
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For the first time, astronomers have detected X -rays radiating from the planet , using NASA’s Chandra X – ray Observatory.
- Researchers used the Chandra observations taken on Uranus in 2002 and then again in 2017 to confirm the Planet’s X – ray radiation.
- There was a clear detection of X – rays from the first observation and a possible flare of X – rays in those obtained fifteen years later.
- “Uranus is especially interesting target for X – ray observation because of the unusual orientations of it’s spin axis and it’s magnetic field.
- In a press release, NASA said the sun could cause Uranus to emit X – rays.
- This is not entirely uncommon since scientists have already established that both Jupiter and Saturn scatter X – ray light given off by the sun.
- The phenomenon is not much different from how Earth’s atmosphere scatters the light of the sun.
The X – rays from auroras on Jupiter come from two sources :
- Electrons travelling down magnetic field lines, as on Earth.
- Positively charged atoms and molecules raining down at Jupiter’s polar regions.
While more research is needed to establish this claim, there is also the possibility that some X – rays come from auroras.
Key points of Uranus :
- Discovery : 13 March 1781
- Discovered : William Herschel
- Satellites : 27
- It is known as ” Sideways planet ” because it rotates on it’s side.
- Four times, the size of Earth, ” Ice Giant ” Planet has 27 moons.
- This planet was first planet found using telescope.
- Like saturn, Jupiter and Neptune, it is a ringed planet.
Important takeaways of NASA :
- NASA : National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Formation : July 29, 1958
- Headquarters : Washington, D.C ( United States )
- Motto : ” For the benefits of all “
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