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Methane Storms

2015-03-03 00:16:42.314019+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Giant methane storms on Uranus.

The storms are described in a paper recently published in Icarus, with the pre-print available here. After the first observations, the group put out a call to amateur astronomers to see if they could also observed this unusual activity too. They did, and with this information the group built a case to point the Hubble Space telescope at Uranus, which happened in October. Again, they saw large storms, showing that what they had seen in August hadn't been a one off event - the weather report on Uranus is looking rather unsettled.

(Yes, I did link to this just because I'm 9 years old at heart.)

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