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Sat Feb 9, 2019, 12:41 PM

Whoa, Uranus Looks Totally Messed Up Right Now

The appearance of a massive white cap on Uranus may seem alarming, but as planetary scientists are learning, this is what a prolonged summer looks like on the remote ice giant.

Ice giants Uranus and Neptune have water-rich interiors coated with hydrogen, helium, and a pinch of methane, the latter of which gives these outer planets their distinctive cyan complexion. Unlike Earth, where seasons last just a few months, Neptune and Uranus experience seasons that last for decades, resulting in strange and intense atmospheric phenomena.


New images released by the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) program highlight a evolving atmospheric events on both ice giants, namely an extended white cap over Uranus’ north pole and a new dark vortex on Neptune. A long-term side project of the Hubble program, OPAL is an annual effort to map these two planets when their orbital paths bring them closest to Earth. The new data, captured during the autumn of 2018, are providing important new insights into the seasonal variations on both Neptune and Uranus.


https://gizmodo.com/whoa-uranus-looks-totally-messed-up-right-now-1832461611/amp





I hate when that happens!

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Reply Whoa, Uranus Looks Totally Messed Up Right Now (Original post)
wonderwarthog Feb 9 OP
Gamle-ged Feb 9 #1
wonderwarthog Feb 9 #5
D26-15 Feb 9 #2
wonderwarthog Feb 9 #6
Squeek Feb 9 #8
wonderwarthog Feb 9 #9
Da Mannn Feb 9 #3
wonderwarthog Feb 9 #7
freedumb2003 Feb 9 #4
oflguy Feb 9 #10
wonderwarthog Feb 9 #11
oflguy Feb 9 #14
wonderwarthog Feb 9 #16
nolidad Feb 9 #12
wonderwarthog Feb 9 #13
nolidad Feb 10 #17
Goldengirl Feb 9 #15
Lowrider1984 Feb 10 #18

Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 12:52 PM

1. "And now, 10 years on, that band has turned into a thick polar cap of aerosols thats hiding the...

...deeper polar region from view.

Fletcher said it’s a 'spectacular example of seasonal change' on this ice giant, with 'the aerosol cap evolving as spring becomes summer.' The exact causes of these aerosol changes, he said, remain a mystery, with possibilities including warming temperatures, unusual chemistry, some large-scale atmospheric circulation pattern, or a combination of all these."

Difficult to blame the Earth's "Global Warming" for these changes on the gas giant planets, but if warming temperatures is a factor, it CAN'T be the Sun, can it? Haven't the Global Warmists discounted that factor?...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 02:36 PM

5. in my opinion


Not a molecule in any universe vibrates without permission from the Divine Will, the Tao, or whatever you choose to call the unnameable.

All is perfection.

It is our idea of perfection that is flawed.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 01:05 PM

2. Uranus may have hemorrhoids?

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 02:37 PM

6. Not sure...


(pauses to scratch)

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:32 PM

8. Nooooo

don't scratch! You'll make them bleed



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Response to Squeek (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:46 PM

9. Through the pants


gives a layer of protection!





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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 01:24 PM

3. WW, we've all known something is wrong with Uranus for some time now.

Maybe Nasa can send a deep probe and put some creme on that.

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Response to Da Mannn (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 02:39 PM

7. Only if she flies the mission...




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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 01:28 PM

4. It can be fixed by taxing the rich 70%

 

Call it the
Special High income Uranus Value tax

Then they can say they will SHUV it up Uranus.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:02 PM

10. Is this Trump's fault?

Or is everything still Bush's fault?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:28 PM

11. Actually it is Uranus's fault.




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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 08:08 PM

14. Then Uranus has to be a republican

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Response to oflguy (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 09:17 PM

16. No actually



Mine is a democrat.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 04:59 PM

12. OPAL is only in it s fourth year.

While the pics are fantastic- they are doing alot of uncertain guesswork in describing all these events. They are safe guesses as they use earth as an example- but they were at least honest enough to say it is a mystery as to why these things are happening!

I am not sure Uranus experiences polar thaw and freeze at the deep space it is from the sun! It is 1,784,000,000 miles from the sun we are only 1/19th that distance!

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Response to nolidad (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 05:57 PM

13. Thanks, nolidad!



Interesting observation!



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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:07 AM

17. Welcome!

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 08:29 PM

15. Must have cows there

"Ice giants Uranus and Neptune have water-rich interiors coated with hydrogen, helium, and a pinch of methane" cow farts are methane gas. Where is AOC when you need her/?

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 01:15 PM

18. Stop looking at my anus, HOG!!!!

I couldn't resist!

Sorry!

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