As if 2020 couldn’t get any more cursed… NASA scientist have discovered a mysterious gas escaping from planet Uranus. The data they studied is showing some unknown force sucking the atmosphere right out of the planet and into space. And, hold on to your seat, that same above data is no new data, it is buried data from when their 1986 spacecraft Voyager 2 traveling near the icy planet passed through a huge mass of something called plasmoid – large bubble of plasma or ionized gas bound by magnetic field lines streaming away from the Sun – that had escaped and taken along a big chunk of Uranus atmosphere. So what should we make of this ?
THAT IS WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED TO MARS
It seems that poor old Uranus won’t get a break. Already, something tipped the planet on its side, and that’s why its orbit is perpendicular to other planets in the Solar system. And now, a giant gas leak. According to known data, it’s the first time that a plasmoid has been spotted in connection with an ice giant; which reveals indeed that the dynamics of this planet is rather twisted.
However, leaky atmospheres are not that uncommon. NASA researchers are hypothesizing that a similar unexpected release of gas may explain how planet Mars ended up as dry as it is, whereas it is thought to have been a rather damp planet. But in order to know for sure, we would have to fly a new spacecraft back to both planets… Venus is leaking hydrogen; both Jupiter’s moon – Io – and Saturn’s moon – Titan – are leaking. Even Earth is : it is losing about 90 tons of atmospheric material per day. Don’t worry, we have 5,140 trillion tons. One thing is sure, over time, atmosphere leaks can cause big impact to a planet.