Scientists Confirm Uranus Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Posted: Apr 25 2018, 5:28am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 25 2018, 6:36am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Uranus Smells Like Rotten Eggs and Farts
Gemini NIRI image from observations. Image Credit: Patrick Irwin/University of Oxford

Scientists claim that the Planet Uranus probably gives off the Stink of Farts and Rotten Eggs

According to scientists, the planet Uranus has smelly vapors encircling its atmosphere. The main gas among these clouds is hydrogen sulphide which is precisely the gas that is released by rotten eggs.

This topic has been up for discussion in the scientific community for a long time but now it is being confirmed

Very carefully calibrated spectroscope observations, with the 8-meter Gemini North telescope on Hawaii’s Maunakea, show that the foul gaseous vapors circulating the planet contain hydrogen sulphide as their major component.

This has finally put to rest a long controversy in the astronomical community. Despite years of being gazed upon by human agents through various telescopes and even a visit by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, one thing which remained a mystery regarding Uranus was the exact composition of its clouds.

Now, though we are on the stable ground as far as the correct answer is concerned. The infrared light emanating from the planet was analyzed and hydrogen sulphide was found to be the main component. This is a smelly and noxious gas that most people tend to stay away from due to its sharp and unpleasant stench.

The long-sought evidence, found by Patrick Irwin from the University of Oxford, UK and collaborators, got published the journal Nature Astronomy on April 23, 2018.

Earlier onwards, arguments had raged on regarding whether the clouds were composed of hydrogen sulphide or ammonia. It was quite a task discovering the exact composition of the clouds. That is because the evidence was on a weak footing.

The gas is probably plentifully available in both Uranus’s and Neptune’s atmosphere. Yet the other giant planets such as Saturn and Jupiter have ammonia as their main component. No hydrogen sulphide is found in their atmospheres.

During the early formation and evolution of our solar system, the balance between nitrogen and sulphur is probably the reason why things are the way they are today. Were humans to descend on Uranus’s clouds, they would get a shock or two due to the noxious gases in them.

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