Mystery Heat Waves Warm Up Uranus Rings, Though Far From The Sun – Market News Store

Mystery Heat Waves Warm Up Uranus Rings, Though Far From The Sun

A new heat wave is warming Uranus’ rings even as it orbits at a great distance from its Sun. New images from telescopes located in Chine revealed that the temperatures of these rings were at -320 degree Fahrenheit. This is also the temperature at which liquid nitrogen boils. While it may seem cold when compared to Earth, space is often at absolute zero temperatures. Uranus receives only about a minute portion of the Sun’s heat. The distance between the Sun and Uranus is around 19 AU. Each AU is about the distance between the Sun and the Earth, about 150 million km.

Scientists capturing these images stated that they weren’t sure about the new warmth that’s been detected. However, this does prove that Uranus’s densest and brightest ring is different from others in the solar system. While all other giant planets like Neptune, Saturn and Jupiter also possess rings, Saturn has the best of them all, because these are quite visible with an ordinary telescope. Cassini mission also led efforts to study them. However, Saturn’s rings have a different story compared to Uranus’s rings.

Saturn’s rings are bright, broad with particle sizes varying differently. It may be micron-sized or meters big in size, stated Imke Pater, a co-author, and astronomer from California University. He stated that small-sized particles are missing in Uranus. Epsilon, which is its brightest ring has rocks that are golf ball sizes or larger. Its epsilon ring is different from other planets as well. Jupiter has extremely minute particles while Neptune has rings made of dust. Epsilon rings are covered by huge dust tracts, thus making it look like another ring entirely. Epsilon ring’s smaller particles can’t be seen either, stated Edward Molter of California University. The smaller particles are out or congregating. It remains unknown what exactly is happening. Current research is helping understand the composition and material sources for these rings.

Ring formation is a mystery as well. It is postulated that their moons broke apart or crashed with each other to form the rings. It is thought that asteroids could have crumbled due to extreme gravity. Rings could be debris from solar system creation too. The data was gathered via VLT and ALMA telescopes. Upcoming JWST telescope could help understand the rings even better.

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