Discovery: X-rays From Uranus Give Insight Into Solar System’s Giant Planet

Newly discovered X-rays from Uranus could help scientists gain more knowledge about the seventh planet from the sun, according to information supplied by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Researchers used Chandra findings from 2002 and 2017 and recently discovered X-rays from the former observation and possible X-ray flares in the latter findings.

What makes Uranus emit X-rays? Scientists believe the answer lies in the Sun, based on previous observations of other planets. The other possibility is the X-rays are emitted by Uranus’ rings.

Uranus is estimated to have four times the diameter of planet Earth and has two sets of rings around its equator. Unlike other planets in our solar system, it rotates on its side, a factor that impacts the magnetic field and the planet’s auroras.

Read the NASA report here and the Journal of Geophysical Research paper here.