Astronomers have detected X-rays from Uranus. A few things are known about this planet. Is difficult for researchers here on Earth to study it without sending spacecraft to get a closer look. The only probe to ever make a relatively close flyby of the planet was Voyager 2, and that was over three decades ago. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory ,a large space telescope that was launched two decades ago scientists detected the X-rays emissions. The data cames from 2002 (studied now). Uranus is rotating at a 90-degree angle to all the other planets in our system.
It’s possible that the rings around Uranus are helping to produce X-rays of their own. More work needs to be done to confirm this. X-rays have been detected in most of the planets in our solar system, but not in the so-called ice giants, Uranus and Neptune. Studying X-ray emissions can provide valuable insights into a planet’s characteristics, as the “atmospheric, surface and planetary ring composition.”
Last year it was discovered that during the mission, the spacecraft Voyager 2 also flew through a plasmoid, a giant magnetic bubble that likely pinched off part of the planet’s atmosphere, sending it out into space. Such a large plasmoid could effectively remove between 15% to 55% of atmospheric mass — and this could be the main way Uranus is losing its atmosphere. Uranus is a strange planet, and it’s also unlike any exoplanet discovered. Scientists are currently exploring future opportunities to visit Uranus and Neptune. A mission like this would launch around 2030, NASA estimates.