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Probing for Rocks in an Ice Giant’s Core


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Probing for Rocks in an Ice Giant’s Core

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Uranus is thought to possess a core of rock and ice beneath its vast frosty atmosphere. Just how much rock lies at the center of this giant world is unknown, but a newly proposed technique could provide a way to find out.

Core Concerns

When the Voyager 2 spacecraft whizzed past Uranus in January 1986, it revealed the planet’s dark, delicate rings and its pale cyan atmosphere. Precisely what lies beneath the ice giant’s thick atmosphere is unknown, though researchers expect that the planet’s core is made of rock and ice.

But just how much of the core is made of rock is unknown, and it’s likely to be challenging to measure.

Read More: ➡️ American Astronomical Society

 

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