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Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:57 AM

Uranus Ejected a Giant Plasma Bubble During Voyager 2's Visit

Uranus is unquestionably weird. Swirling with mostly water, methane and ammonia, the solar systemís seventh planet is tipped over at 98 degrees, so its magnetic poles take turns directly facing the sun. And its magnetic field is strangely misaligned with the planetís rotation, causing it to wildly lurch about.

Back in 1986, the ice giant world got what remains its only visitor from Earth ó Voyager 2, which is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth, but at that time flew a mere 50,600 miles above Uranusís cloudy skies. As it passed, Voyager 2 heard an odd magnetic whisper, a signal so ephemeral that it went unnoticed.

More than three decades later, scientists were taking a deep dive into the venerable spacecraftís data pool, hoping to find scientific mysteries that could help support a return mission to Uranus and its ice giant sibling, Neptune. They unearthed that magnetic hiccup, and realized it represented the detection of a mass of electrically excited gas with a width 10 times Earthís circumference.

This ginormous bubble was a jettisoned part of Uranusís atmosphere. Although only one was spotted, other gassy missiles may also be launched every 17 hours, the time it takes Uranus to complete one rotation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/science/uranus-bubble-voyager.html

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Reply Uranus Ejected a Giant Plasma Bubble During Voyager 2's Visit (Original post)
Zorro Mar 30 OP
MineralMan Mar 30 #1
Zorro Mar 30 #2
lagomorph777 Mar 30 #10
C_U_L8R Mar 30 #3
Brainfodder Mar 30 #5
DEbluedude Mar 30 #4
Yavin4 Mar 30 #13
DEbluedude Mar 30 #14
Laelth Mar 30 #6
HAB911 Mar 30 #7
Buns_of_Fire Mar 30 #8
packman Mar 30 #9
Jane Austin Mar 30 #11
roamer65 Mar 30 #12

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:59 AM

1. So Uranus Let One?

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:01 AM

2. Yep. A ginormous one.

I wonder if it was in Trump's general direction.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:31 AM

10. My anus let one a few minutes ago in Trump's general direction.

I dunno about Uranus.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:03 AM

3. Is this the Trump origin story?

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:07 AM

5. I had same thought!



I was expecting a cartoon involving oozing slime.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:03 AM

4. "...other gassy missiles may also be launched..."

I continually warn my wife to be on alert for this.

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Response to DEbluedude (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:42 PM

13. They say that losing your sense of smell is a sign of the virus

Just tell her that you want to make sure that she's healthy. It's for her own good.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:44 PM

14. Good one!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:11 AM

6. So that's what that was?

It didnít feel ordinary to me.



-Laelth

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:14 AM

7. I beg your pardon

that's very personal

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:28 AM

8. Giant Plasma Bubble. Enormous Space Fart.

Lots of methane. Wildly lurches about. The butt of many jokes. Maybe they'll rename it "Planet Trump".

By all means, NASA should schedule a return visit. Just send a probe up there to light a match and see what happens.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:30 AM

9. Some humor just writes itself

Uranus breaking wind

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:40 PM

11. Calling Dr. Pimple Popper!

n/t

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 12:42 PM

12. Uranus to Voyager 2:

ďPull my fingerĒ.


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