Scientists Take Thermal Spectrum Pictures of Uranus Rings  - Hitecher
Scientists Take Thermal Spectrum Pictures of Uranus Rings 

Scientists Take Thermal Spectrum Pictures of Uranus Rings 

by Hitecher

The photos were made from Chile's Atacama Desert. Scientists managed not only to obtain the rings’ image, but also to measure their temperature.

Many people think that only one planet in the Solar System — Saturn — has rings, but scientists managed to refute this opinion more than 40 years ago. Uranus rings were first discovered in 1977. It turned out that the object is hardly visible due to the lack of reflected light. In order to photograph it, the researchers used a powerful VLT telescope in Chile.

The photographs clearly show black stripes in the atmosphere being the effect of a large agglomerate of molecules that absorb radio waves. Contrasting with them is a bright spot in the north. This area is virtually devoid of such molecules. Based on the photos obtained, the rings’ temperature can be assumed to be 195.6 ° C.

The width of the largest Uranus ring is from 20 to 100 km. The scientists are hoping to continue their research using James Webb telescope.

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