Space

Astronomers have a New Theory for why Uranus Spins on its Side

By Aazam

According to common wisdom, a sequence of collisions between Uranus and some of the many planetesimals that were there when the solar system first formed caused Uranus to turn on its side

Now, owing to the research of Melaine Saillenfest and colleagues at the Paris Observatory in France, we may have an answer. They believe that Uranus could have become turned on its side in another way

The impacts of nudges can be greatly amplified when they occur at a frequency that resonates with a characteristic of the host planet, especially when the satellite is gradually drifting away from its host

According to astronomers, the Moon is steadily moving away from Earth at a rate of roughly 1.5 inches every year

The necessary conditions for the tilting appear to be largely plausible, although it is still unclear whether Uranus could have supported a large primordial satellite susceptible to significant tidal migration

A greater comprehension of the current motion and other characteristics of Uranus' satellites could help shed additional light on this scenario

In January 1986, Voyager 2 sped by as it left the Solar System. Additionally, no mission has been authorized despite preparations by several space agencies to deploy an orbiter

Astronomers will have to settle for the increasingly detailed observations from Earth and the JWST until they are