back to article Scientists stumped by strange X-rays from Uranus

Mysterious X-rays have been spotted emanating from Uranus for the first time, according to the latest observations made using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. X-ray emissions from the planet may not seem so surprising at first since Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune have been found to scatter such radiation from the Sun. …

  1. Sceptic Tank Bronze badge
    Angel

    Wel okay, great science there, then. X-rays in space! I'd check for traces of, uhm, ... uranium ... or other radioactive elements if I were them.

    In the meantime, just leave that thing where it is and don't bring it home.

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      You think there might be suspicious deposits around Uranus?

      1. zuckzuckgo Bronze badge

        That's just assteriods

  2. jake Silver badge

    Not to be confused with ...

    ... blowing smoke, presumably.

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Not to be confused with ...

      Personally, I would go with the sunshine.

      1. zuckzuckgo Bronze badge

        Re: Not to be confused with ...

        Funny, I always thought of Uranus as a place "where the sun don't shine".

        1. Spherical Cow Silver badge

          Re: Not to be confused with ...

          The article says "the main source of radiation does indeed come from the Sun" which means the Sun actually does shine out of Uranus.

          1. The Dark Side Of The Mind (TDSOTM)

            Re: Not to be confused with ...

            Uranus, black holes, auroras and sunshine... What a funny sounding weekend!

          2. Ogi

            Re: Not to be confused with ...

            > The article says "the main source of radiation does indeed come from the Sun" which means the Sun actually does shine out of Uranus.

            Well, technically it is reflected off Uranus. How much light is reflected is very much related to how much surface area is exposed to the sun.

            The issue here, is that there is more light emanating from Uranus than just from reflection, resulting in the scientists conjecturing that there is a actual light emitter in Uranus causing the discrepancy.

            1. TheWeetabix

              Re: Not to be confused with ...

              I believe that was a joke, but this is an excellent summary.

              1. Ogi
                Facepalm

                Re: Not to be confused with ...

                > I believe that was a joke, but this is an excellent summary.

                Oh I know, hence I tried to make my response be simultaneously humorous but scientifically accurate. Looks like I didn't manage though.

                TLDR: " whoosh! " :-)

  3. confused and dazed

    A fine headline

    Thank-you, that cheered by Friday morning .....

    1. Muppet Boss Bronze badge
      Flame

      Re: A fine headline

      >X-rays are emanating from Uranus for the first time, according to the latest observations...

      Laughing hurts.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: A fine headline

        I read the headline out to my wife. Her response? "Glow in the dark poop?"

    2. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: A fine headline

      I think El Reg just decided to be completely factual and let the commentards do the work this time.

  4. b0llchit Silver badge
    Alien

    Simple explanation possible - aliens, surely

    The whole observation can easily be explained by extraterrestrial life. Obviously, there are Uranus people getting an X-ray to determine their medical condition and we see the excess radiation. And of course this coincides with higher solar activity because we all know how dangerous solar radiation is for our fragile bodies, which we then have to check and test. Also, the Earth too is noisy in many EM bands. Clearly, Uranians have evolved to eliminate much of the lower frequency bands, but can still see use in the X-ray spectrum. See, mystery solved.

  5. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Intergallactic Deliveroo

    now supplying Nandos?

  6. artificial bitterness

    Um...

    These X-rays are coming from where the sun never shines?

  7. Forget It
    Meh

    April the second?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    *snigger*

    Accroding to Prof Farsworth it'll be renamed soon...."Urectum".

    1. Little Mouse Silver badge

      Re: *snigger*

      As any fule kno - It's pronounced "boom-Hoh-lay".

    2. Montreal Sean

      Re: *snigger*

      Wrecked him? I hardly knew him!

  9. xeroks

    Uranians with sellotape.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    conversion to degenerate matter? or just an X-ray mirage

    without putting something in local orbit on say the dark side during an ecclipse then there are too many possibilities to bother speculating/

    Ecclipse, because obviously if light paths are chaoticly scattered then monitoring levels on far side from sun where solar Xrays are reduced is the easiest way to see if this is actually significant.

    As has already been posted there could be local sources such ascaptured meteorites containing fissiles.

    1. Ropewash

      Re: conversion to degenerate matter? or just an X-ray mirage

      So you're saying we must observe where the sun doesn't shine.

  11. Roger Mew

    Where does it come from?

    I told my wife your headline and she asked how it radiated from here bum...she is not that interested in Radio etc.

  12. HildyJ Silver badge
    Devil

    Enlightening

    Clearly it's Aliens lighting farts from Uranus to disguise their anal probes.

  13. Sparkus Bronze badge

    There is the general theory that gas giants

    are just proto-stars that failed to reach ignition mass/density.

    with this in mind, perhaps we're simply waiting for the next opportunity to blow sunshine out of Uranus......

    (I'll show myself out now)

    1. Janne Smith

      Re: There is the general theory that gas giants

      Well, as long as no one lights a match near Uranus we'll be fine.

      1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
        Mushroom

        Re: There is the general theory that gas giants

        Having listened to Jasper Carrott I learned the potential hazards of setting light to a fart without ever having to try it myself!

        Ohhh & not forgetting "Armageddon" (The horrors of "Felching" - Lighting farts with a match, causing damage to gerbils, facial hair & digestive tract along with a broken nose from a jet propelled gerbil).

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTrOb8zyrZk

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Eighteenth Century headline problems?

    Willy discovers Uranus?

  15. bpfh
    Mushroom

    X-rays from Uranus

    Must have been one hell of a curry!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: X-rays from Uranus

      vindaloo. It's the only way to go.

  16. idiot taxpayer here again
    Pint

    I did not read the article

    I read the word " Uranus" in the headline and went straight to the comments.

    Happily, I was not disappointed. Beers all round on me.

    Cheers… Ishy

  17. Mark192 Silver badge

    It's not just the sun that shines out of Uranus

    "although the main source of radiation does indeed come from the Sun, there’s a little extra light coming from somewhere else."

    So...

    It's not just the sun that shines out of Uranus.

  18. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

    Easier, and then there's the other thing

    Sending a spacecraft to Jupiter and Uranus is much easier than it would be to send a spacecraft to the nearest neutron stars or black holes

    Easier, yes. Also, unless you can get a grant with a very long timeline for the final report...

    I mean, there might be a neutron star as close as a mere 250 ly away, which is a stroll round the park in interstellar terms, but there's still going to be a bit of a delay before you get information back from your probe. And it looks like the closest known black holes are another order of magnitude in distance from Earth. "Look, when some researcher in some future civilization publishes on this, I want second-author credit."

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