Conditions are bizarre on the peculiar seventh planet in our solar system, Uranus. Much is different from our planet, including auroras, which were spotted by the Hubble telescope last November.
The space telescope, Earth’s workhorse of observational power, snagged images of a couple of auroras on the surface of Uranus months ago, but it took until now to process those images into these intriguing photos we see today.
Take a look at our video, which explains not only why the alien world of Uranus is so different from our own, but sheds light on how these pictures of Uranus‘s unusual magnetosphere were obtained.
Update: A previous version of this video misstated the tilt of the Earth’s and Uranus’s axes — we said Uranus’s tilt was 60 degrees and the Earth’s is 11 degrees. In fact, the Earth’s axis is tilted 23.44 degrees from its orbital plane, and Uranus’s is 97.8 degrees. The video has been corrected and we regret the error.
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