Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, third-largest planetary radius and fourth largest planetary mass in the solar system. Finally, the astronomers found out what actually the Uranus cloud consist of, that stinks terribly. Recently, it has been clearly detected hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs in gaseous and flatulence with different aroma.
It has been a long journey in researching the Uranus’s cloud, the composition behind this was very difficult for them to point down. As we all are aware, methane is odorless and exists in the atmosphere which is actually responsible for presenting the planet with pretty blue color. And, as per the Voyager 2, that flew in the past observed hydrogen and helium present in the atmosphere.
Whereas the quantity of other compounds including ammonia, water, and hydrogen sulfide has been quite tough in concluding, and it’s been difficult to observe the planet being at distance and the image through a telescope is extremely faint. Along with the cloud deck in that particular, most of the time cloud that forms gas are found hidden below that region, wherein we can observe tiny amount floating over the clouds, which is difficult to identify.
As far as technology is concerned, upcoming new techniques and equipment that are constantly improvising, in addition, an international team of astronomers found out a new technic by using the powerful Gemini telescope to pin in-depth into Uranus.
Patrick Irwin Professor of Planetary Physicist, from the University of Oxford in the UK, along with the research team by using the eight-meter telescope’s Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer (NIFS) that allows performing a thorough spectroscopic examination of the clouds. Finding some reflection of sunlight in that region above the cloud, which is actually hydrogen sulfide.
The gas giants Jupiter and Saturn perhaps molded separately from ice planets Uranus and Neptune, and this would have molded from the rocky inner planet Venus, Mercury, Earth, and Mars. Well, to scrutinize in-depth, definitely a space probe need to be sent to examine Uranus. So, the NASA has been performing a study related to this.
Additionally, the exposure and suffocation over 200-degree Celsius negative atmosphere that actually consists of hydrogen, methane, and helium would capture the smell before it could reach the point, as per Irwin.