Uranus smells like farts and rotten eggs

*To be read aloud ONLY*

“Uranus smells like farts and rotten eggs.” 

Take a moment to collect yourself. I’ll wait. 

Ok. 

There’s actual science to be learned here, apparently. 

Researchers have found that much of the upper atmosphere of Uranus is hydrogen sulfide. That’s farts. Basically. 

It’s the smell you get when someone lets loose a good one on the Wednesday after Taco Tuesday. 

“If an unfortunate human were ever to descend through Uranus’s clouds, they would be met with very unpleasant and odiferous conditions,” Patrick Irwin from the University of Oxford, one of the study’s authors, said in a news release. 

However, if you happen to find yourself descending toward Uranus, take comfort that suffocation and exposure in the -200 degrees Celsius atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium, and methane would take care of you long before the smell would. 

Scientists “smelled” the atmosphere using data from the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii. Some scientists apparently thought Uranus had high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide, others believed Uranus would contain ammonia, like Jupiter and Saturn. 

So, there you go. Uranus stinks. 

 

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