Historical! X-rays detected on Uranus with NASA’s Chandra telescope

UNITED STATES.- The Chandra telescope of the POT has captured for the first time the emission of X-rays from Uranus. This is undoubtedly a historical find and would help in an important way to better understand the enigmatic planet. For this reason, the scientific community has been astonished with this, as the “ice giant” of our solar system continues to surprise us.

In this context, it is important to detail that Uranus has two sets of rings around it and is four times the diameter of Earth. Also, a fascinating feature is that it rotates differently from the other planets in our solar system. For this reason, the Chandra telescope has been used to understand this distant planet that generates great mystery in the scientific community.

Uranus is composed entirely of hydrogen and helium, hence its coldness, but the new observations with the telescope of the POT have yielded an X-ray detection. This is based on studies from 2002 and 2017, since fifteen years later it seems that these rays have appeared and that it has opened the question of knowing what is the reason for this behavior of the planet.

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For this reason, specialists have detailed that the answer would be the Sun, since observations of Jupiter and Saturn have revealed that both scatter the X-ray light emitted by our giant star. Likewise, the study has also opened new mysteries, since there is the possibility that these rays come from another source, which would undoubtedly be a mine of knowledge for the understanding of Uranus.

This possibility could be that the rings of Uranus are producing X-rays, as is the case with Saturn. Another theory suggests that they come from auroras on the planet, although this does not have a solid basis for the scientific community. For now, it only remains to wait, since undeniably Uranus is special for X-ray observations that would contribute to understanding, for example, the growth of black holes and stars neutrons.

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