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First X-rays from Uranus Discovered

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First X-rays from Uranus Discovered

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Astronomers have detected X-rays from Uranus for the first time, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result may help scientists learn more about this enigmatic ice giant planet in our solar system.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and has two sets of rings around its equator. The planet, which has four times the diameter of Earth, rotates on its side, making it different from all other planets in the solar system. Since Voyager 2 was the only spacecraft to ever fly by Uranus, astronomers currently rely on telescopes much closer to Earth, like Chandra and the Hubble Space Telescope, to learn about this distant and cold planet that is made up almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.

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rashore

That's a really lovely image with the article. 

Since I know little about space... why is discovering X-rays helpful? 

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27 minutes ago, rashore said:

That's a really lovely image with the article. 

Since I know little about space... why is discovering X-rays helpful? 

X-rays can help astronomers look at the interactions between the atmosphere of the planet and the sun. This will help them fathom out what is going on in the planet's atmosphere.

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8 minutes ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

X-rays can help astronomers look at the interactions between the atmosphere of the planet and the sun. This will help them fathom out what is going on in the planet's atmosphere.

Ok. My understanding of X-rays is mostly medical, being a patient. So if Uranus is bouncing suns X-rays, that's like human bones bouncing back image? And that's different than if the rings are emitting their own X-rays. 

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