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Uranus smells like farts, rotten eggs, say researchers

Uranus smells like farts, rotten eggs, say researchers

According to a real study done by real scientists, the gas giant has an atmosphere made of hydrogen sulfide, .

The presence of hydrogen sulfide has always been suspected on Uranus.

A group of researchers from the University of Oxford, who are associated with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, have discovered the foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide in the clouds or Uranus with the help of the Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer (NIFS) fitted to the Gemini North telescope at Hawaii.

The findings by the United Kingdom team were published online in the peer-reviewed journal Nature AstronomyMonday.

Oxford scientists added that while they found enough of the molecules required to trigger the familiar rotten egg smell, it's unlikely any human will ever be unlucky enough to smell Uranus. The answer was so helpful, as it was tough to make observations with detail on the Uranus. Jupiter and Saturn have had ammonia detected in the clouds, but not hydrogen sulfide.

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The researchers say these differences in atmospheric composition shed light on questions about the planets' formation and history.

He explained that the balance between different gases in the atmospheres of these planets was probably determined by the conditions where they formed in the early Solar System.

"The superior capabilities of Gemini finally gave us that lucky break". Some astronomers believed the gas was hydrogen sulfide, others said it was likely ammonia.

"There was definitely a migration taking place", Orton said.

The smell alone is not the problem, a person landing on Uranus will be exposed to a minus 200 degrees Celsius atmosphere that is mainly composed of methane, helium, and hydrogen.


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