Uranus Tilt of Axis Due to Multiple Impact, Says Alessandro Morbidelli

By on Oct 13, 2011 in Astronomy, Science Comments
Uranus tilt of axis
Image: Lawrence Sromovsky

Uranus may have suffered from multiple collisions that resulted the giant planet to tilt on its side, according to reports by several international news sites on Monday, October 11, 2011.

The multiple impact suffered by Uranus reportedly tilted its spin axis by about 98 degrees. The sideways tilt of Uranus is far greater than any other planets in the Solar System. Reports say that Jupiter is tilted by 3 degrees, while the Earth is tilting at 23 degrees.

The tilting Uranus encourages scientists to make further study on how giant planets were formed. According to some scientists, the impact of small objects into the planets may have contributed to its size.

The recent research findings on Uranus by the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur in Nice, France led by Alessandro Morbidelli was presented last Thursday, October 6 during a joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Science in Nantes, France.

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