Uranus' Strange Magnetosphere Switches Open and Closed, Letting in Solar Wind

New research on Uranus' magnetosphere could help scientists learn about distant systems, and refine the ways they search for alien life.

Uranus has a “switch-like” magnetosphere that opens and closes once every rotation of the planet, exposing it to deadly solar winds, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US.

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NASA Is Sending Humanity's First Spacecraft to the Sun in 2018

NASA announces the details of its mission to the sun, set to launch in 2018.

Credits: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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