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The Fascinating World of Uranus: Exploring the Unexplored

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured breathtaking images of Uranus, providing unprecedented details about the moons and rings of this distant planet in the Solar System. These images reveal the hazy inner and outer rings of Uranus, including the […]

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured breathtaking images of Uranus, providing unprecedented details about the moons and rings of this distant planet in the Solar System. These images reveal the hazy inner and outer rings of Uranus, including the rarely seen Zeta ring, as well as some of the 27 known moons orbiting this planet.

Uranus, located over one and a half billion kilometers away from Earth, remains one of the least explored planets in the Solar System. Images of Uranus are rare, but the Voyager 2 spacecraft captured some in the 1980s.

Using its ability to capture photographs in infrared wavelengths, the James Webb Space Telescope has discovered fascinating atmospheric features of Uranus. In particular, attention has been drawn to the seasonal cloud cap at the planet’s north pole, which appears during summer and disappears in autumn. Astronomers eagerly await Uranus’ next solstice in 2028 to observe any potential changes in the structure of this polar cap.

The new images also showcase bright storms near the southern boundary of the polar cap. NASA believes that these storms occur as a result of a combination of seasonal and meteorological factors. Studying these storms helps scientists gain a better understanding of the complexity of Uranus’ atmosphere.

Beyond providing incredible insights into Uranus, NASA hopes that these images will be beneficial for planning future missions to Uranus and understanding other exoplanets of similar size. Uranus can serve as a proxy for studying over 2,000 exoplanets that have been discovered in recent decades.

Source: kurir.rs

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