Scientists from NASA, who researched the atmosphere of Uranus, evaluated that the air circulating under the clouds of the planet at the north pole is hotter and drier, and that it may be a cyclone.
Scientists emphasized that the atmosphere on the polar regions could not be examined because the poles of Uranus, which completed one rotation around the Sun in 84 years, did not look at the Earth for a long time.
As of 2015, it was noted that since a better view could be obtained, it was possible to examine the atmosphere at the poles in depth.
Pointing out that the cyclone on Uranus is very similar to the storms on Saturn, scientists explained that it has a distinctive shape with hot and dry air at the center of the atmospheric event.
“These observations tell us a lot more about the story of Uranus. The planet is a much more dynamic world than previously thought. Uranus isn’t just a flat ball of blue gas. There’s a lot going on under its cover,” said Alex Akins, lead author of the study. made the statement.
Other planets in the Solar System are experiencing storm-like atmospheric events as well.
It was pointed out that the new discovery shows that whether planets are composed of rock or gas, their atmospheres give indications of vortices swirling at the poles.
It was stated that the storms on Earth formed above the water and shifted, while the storms on Saturn and Uranus were stable at the poles.
Scientists have long known that there is a swirling atmospheric phenomenon at the south pole of Uranus.
NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft took pictures of the south pole as it passed by the ice giant in 1986, showing that the winds at the polar center rotate faster than the rest of the pole.
NASA plans to monitor the cyclone in the coming period to see how it develops over the years.
What is a cyclone?
Cyclone is the name given to a violent storm formed by rapidly rotating winds around a low pressure area in the atmosphere.
Cyclones spin clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere.