Uranus

It’s Time to Go Back to Uranus. What Questions do Scientists Have About the Ice Giants?

It seems crazy that Uranus was discovered in 1781 yet here we are, in 2024 and we have only sent…

1 month ago

Uranus and Neptune are Actually Pretty Much the Same Color

In the late 1980s, the Voyager 2 spacecraft snapped the "canonical" up-close images of Uranus and Neptune. In those views,…

2 months ago

Aerocapture is a Free Lunch in Space Exploration

This article was updated on 11/28/23 When spacecraft return to Earth, they don't need to shed all their velocity by…

3 months ago

Uranus Has Infrared Auroras, Too

Just in time for Hallowe'en, astronomers confirmed the existence of spooky-looking infrared auroras on Uranus. Their existence reveals something about…

4 months ago

We Could SCATTER CubeSats Around Uranus To Track How It Changes

Exploration missions to the outer solar system are still sorely lacking, even though they were highly prioritized in the Planetary…

7 months ago

There's a Polar Cyclone on Uranus' North Pole

Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the Sun, and so that last time that planet's north polar region was pointed…

9 months ago

Four of Uranus’ Moons Might Have Liquid Oceans, Too

The study of ocean worlds, planetary bodies with potential interior reservoirs of liquid water, has come to the forefront in…

10 months ago

The Rings of Uranus Shine Bright in Stunning New JWST Image

The James Webb Space Telescope has taken a stunning new image of the ice giant world Uranus. But what stands…

11 months ago

It's Time For Your Annual Weather Update for the Outer Solar System

A couple times a year, the Hubble Space Telescope turns its powerful gaze on the giant planets in the outer…

11 months ago

A Migrating Moon Might Have Turned Uranus Over on its Side

There are plenty of interesting things about Uranus. Its season lasts as long as its day, it's the second least-dense…

1 year ago