Hydrogen Sulfide, Uranus

Uranus which is the seventh planet of our solar planet has baffled the scientists with the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas which makes the planet smell like rotten egg. The gas around the Uranus was present in the atmosphere of the planet itself.

Researchers who are from the University of Oxford used the infrared light to capture the clouds that are present above Uranus with the help of Gemini North telescope in Hawaii.  The superior capabilities of the Gemini have helped the scientist to break through the clouds. The tiny amount of Hydrogen sulfide which remains above the clouds in the form of saturated vapor has assisted in the study.

There has a thick cloud of hydrogen sulfide which is present in the upper atmosphere of the Uranus. As per the study which was done state that Gemini telescope had traced about 0.4 and 0.8 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide which is present in the cloud layer of Uranus. The scientist has discovered that gives out a smell of rotten egg.  This discovery was got published in the issue of Nature Astronomy on April 23rd by lead scientist Patrick Irwin.

Irwin said, “If an unfortunate human were ever to descend through Uranus’s clouds, they would be met with very unpleasant and odiferous conditions. Suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium, and methane would take its toll long before the smell.”

According to some scientist, they have suspected that hydrogen sulfide which is present in Uranus but the Gemini telescope has helped in capturing the foul-smelling gas in Uranus clouds. Glenn Orton of NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory said, “We’ve strongly suspected that hydrogen sulfide gas was influencing the millimeter and radio spectrum of Uranus for some time, but we were unable to attribute the absorption needed to identify it positively. Now, that part of the puzzle is falling into place as well.”

The arguments which were going on for the planet about the presence of the clouds in the atmosphere now seem to get resolved. This study which was published in the journal Nature Astronomy confirmed that the gas which surrounds the Uranus is composed of hydrogen sulfide or ammonia. This discovery was possible due to the Gemini telescope, and it was a difficult task to know about the composition of the clouds.


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