View Full Version : Dark Spot in Uranus' Clouds

2006-Oct-02, 06:00 PM
The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a giant cloud vortex in the upper atmosphere of Uranus. This cloudy feature measures 1,700 kilometers by 3,000 kilometers (1,100 miles by 1,900 miles) - large enough to engulf 2/3rds of the US. Although rare on Uranus, these cloud spots are actually quite common on Neptune, since the ice planet has a much more active atmosphere. Since this region of Uranus' atmosphere was previously in shadow, astronomers theorize that heat from the sun created the vortex.

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2006-Oct-02, 08:23 PM
1,100 by 1900 miles larger than the U.S? I wonder what map he's referring to? Still, its a big storm by any account.

2006-Oct-03, 12:46 AM
The post states that it is enough to engulf 2/3's of the US. I believe that is accurate enough.

2006-Oct-03, 07:39 AM
Perhaps you should rethink the story title Fraser. There's a dark spot in most peopl....