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Giant storms on gassy Uranus have astronomers scratching their heads
Giant storms on gassy Uranus have astronomers scratching their heads

It never rains but it storms on Uranus. Astronomers have spotted a slew of squalls on this usually quiet, distant planet — two of them giant storms that took professional and amateur astronomers by surprise. The findings, presented this week at the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, show that the mysterious, blandly blue planet might be far more complicated than scientists had thought. Team lead Imke de Pater, a planetary astronomer at UC Berkeley, said she and colleagues first spotted the strange activity in August while using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii to study weather patterns on Uranus — which they had been doing...

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