Scientists perplexed by mysterious developments on Uranus’s moons.

Scientists perplexed by mysterious developments on Uranus’s moons.

According to recent research, it is believed that four of Uranus’ most significant moons may have an ocean layer beneath their icy surfaces. The study, which was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, provided insights into the internal structure and composition of Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, Oberon, and Miranda – five of Uranus’ largest moons. Through new computer modeling and revisiting data from Voyager 2, which was launched in 1977, it is suggested that these moons may be able to retain internal heat and host an ocean, with potentially warm enough temperatures to support habitability in Titania and Oberon. The study also found that chlorides and ammonia are likely abundant in the moons’ oceans, and that these salts, particularly ammonia, could serve as an antifreeze. The research can assist in the development of the best instruments for future studies of Uranus’ moons, including the search for liquid water in their deep interiors.

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