Skip to comments.A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided
Posted on 12/21/2018 10:37:30 AM PST by ETLEdited on 12/21/2018 11:00:23 AM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]
Uranus is a lopsided oddity, the only planet to spin on its side. Scientists now think they know how it got that way: It was pushed over by a rock at least twice as big as Earth.
Detailed computer simulations show that an enormous rock crashed into the seventh planet from the sun, said Durham University astronomy researcher Jacob Kegerreis, who presented his analysis at a large earth and space science conference this month.
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in before the inevitable ‘humor’..
I have read that they were ad libbing that scene!................
As a freeper educated me on Herschel originally wanted to name the planet after King George III. Too bad that name did not stick. Out of all the gods, they chose the Latinized name of the Greek god. They should have just went with the Roman version Caelus.
“A big space crash likely made Uranus lopside”
A little Preparation H should fix that.
Caused by the Klingons for sure
It turned mine inside out..
I’m just here for the jokes.
A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided
Something pounded Uranus
Fry: Oh, man, this is great! Hey, as long as you don’t make me smell Uranus.
Leela: I don’t get it.
Farnsworth: I’m sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all..
Fry: Oh. What’s it called now?
Biggus ——— ?
Something pounded Uranus
Uranus, not mine.
I thought it was these pants that made it look like that.
The articles author is unclear on the definition of “lopsided” as merely spinning axially in a different direction than other planets in the same star system does not qualify as being “lopsided.” For Uranus to be lopsided, it would need to have a shape distinctly and significantly different from one side to the other, so much that one side was lower than the other. That is not the case. Like most solar planets, Uranus is an oblate spheroid. . . And is essentially the same on all opposite sides.
So much for scientific accuracy.
A bean burrito did that to me.
“It’s also possible that the big object that knocked over Uranus is still lurking in the solar system too far for us to see, “
Neptune smashed Uranus.
Neptune has some oddities itself indicating a large collision, and it has chemical markers indicating it formed sunward of Uranus.
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