NASA discovered something amazing about the planet Uranus. It seems that it also has rings just like the ones of Saturn.
Express.co.uk writes that the Voyager program was first launched by NASA back in 1977 in order to take advantage of a favorable alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
The original mission was only supposed to study the planetary systems of Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 2 continued to Uranus and Neptune as well, as reported by the online publication mentioned above.
It seems that data and photographs that have been collected by Voyager’s cameras, and more instruments have unveiled some unknown details about each one of the four planets and their moons as well.
Revealing the amazing discoveries
Brian Cox revealed during his new BBC show “The Planets” the groundbreaking revelations.
Dr. Cox said last month: “Almost nine years after leaving Earth, Voyager approached an entirely new class of planet.”
He continued and explained that “Just like Jupiter and Saturn, the planet’s upper atmosphere is composed mostly of swirling hydrogen and helium gas and hidden beneath lies an exotic, icy mix of methane, ammonia, and water.”
On the other hand, unlike the other gas giants, Uranus is almost featureless, and it’s been reported that for all the time that Voyager analyzed the planet, it saw just ten cloud formations. The reason has also been discovered.
Dr. Cox continued and explained how the probes had also checked out Uranus’ surrounding and they managed to unveil a fantastic thing.
“Uranus, at -224C, is the coldest planet in the Solar System, the first of the ice giants. Voyager spent just six hours with Uranus and as its gaze widened it took in the entire system. And just like Saturn, Uranus has rings.”
He said that the reason for which they are challenging to be spotted from Earth is that they are really dark, delicate and thin.
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