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 “
Reference : https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/science/uranus-x-rays-detected-nasa-chandra-observatory-7254045/

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