The presence of oceans is indicated by energy particles emitted by satellites.
Perhaps one or two moons of the planet Uranus have underground oceans. The researchers draw this conclusion based on an analysis of data obtained by the Voyager 2 spacecraft back in 1986.
Voyager 2 is the only Earth spacecraft to fly past Uranus. During the flyby, the spacecraft recorded that one or two moons of Uranus emit characteristic energy particles.
According to cosmologist Jan Cohen of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the presence of such particles is usually “a harbinger of the discovery of the ocean world.” The surface of the moons of Uranus is frozen, so scientists believe that liquid oceans are hiding under the ice.
It will not yet be possible to confirm or refute the assumption of the researchers – for this it will be necessary to send a special mission to Uranus. Such a mission is already planned by NASA, but its launch will take place no earlier than the 2030s.
Until then, the researchers intend to continue to analyze the Voyager 2 data. Scientists now believe that oceans are most likely to be found on one of Uranus’ two moons: Miranda or Ariel.
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