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Astronomers have detected X-rays from Uranus for the first time, using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result may help scientists learn more about this enigmatic ice giant planet in our solar system.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and has two sets of rings around its equator.

The planet, which has four times the diameter of Earth, rotates on its side, making it different from all other planets in the solar system.

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Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXO/University College London/W. Dunn et al; Optical: W.M. Keck Observatory

The first X-rays from Uranus have been captured by Chandra during observations obtained in2002 and 2017, a discovery that may help scientists learn more about this ice giant planet.

Researchers think most of the X-rays come from solar X-rays that scatter off the Uranus's atmosphere as well as itsring system.

Some of the X-rays may also be from auroras on Uranus, a phenomenon that has previously been observed at other wavelengths.

This Uranus image is a composite of optical light from the Keck telescope in Hawaii (blue and white) and X-ray data from Chandra (pink).


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1st X-rays from Uranus detected by Chandra spacecraft

The Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected x-rays emitted from Uranus for the first time.

The sun causes the planet to emit x-rays, according to the Chandra team.


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