It looks like Uranus cannot catch a break according to the latest reports revealed by Science Alert.
Something has already tipped the planet on the side, and now its orbit is perpendicular to the ones of the other Solar System planets. The online publication mentioned above noted that it smells awful, and besides all this, it seems that experts also found that the atmosphere of Uranus is leaking out into space.
Hidden in the data from Voyager 2’s historic 1986 encounter with the planet and being undiscovered by now is a plasmid that’s present there.
This is a pocket of atmospheric material that’s funneled away from Uranus by the planet’s magnetic field.
This is reportedly the very first time when a plasmid has been spotted in connection with an ice giant, and it doesn’t just show us that Uranus’ atmosphere is leaking.
It’s more than that – it’s showing part of the dynamics of the planet strange and twisted magnetic field.
The online publication writes that “leaky atmospheres aren’t that uncommon. It’s called atmospheric escape, and it’s how Mars, for example, turned from what we think was quite a damp planet into a dusty barren wasteland.”
Venus leaks hydrogen
Science Alert also notes that “Venus is leaking hydrogen. Jupiter’s moon Io and Saturn’s moon Titan are leaking. Even Earth is losing about 90 tonnes of atmospheric material a day (don’t worry, we have around 5,140 trillion tonnes, it will take a long time to completely disappear).”
It’s been also reported that the ions from the atmosphere are channeled along the magnetic field into this region.
When solar winds cause the magnetic field to break at the side facing the Sun, they will whip around and reconnect in the tail.
Some ions bounce back towards the planet, and the plasmid hurtles off in the opposite direction and takes the ions with it.
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