The planet was named for the Greek god of the sky. And this isn't the only thing that makes the planet so unusual. The research validates a precursory study which pronounced that Uranus' slant position was engendered by a clash with enormous object coherently a young proto-planet constituted of rock and ice at the time of the formation of solar system 4 billion years ago. It also explains the planet's off-centre magnetic field.
Astronomers from Durham University led an worldwide team of experts to investigate how Uranus came to be tilted on its side and what consequences a giant impact would have had on the planet's evolution.
The researchers suspect that this object was probably a young protoplanet, made up of rock and ice.
Kegerreis and his team ran computer simulations of different massive collisions with Uranus to try to work out how the planet evolved.
The collision was strong enough to affect Uranus' tilt, but the planet was able to retain the majority of its atmosphere.
It's likely that this type of event isn't uncommon in the universe: "All the evidence points to giant impacts being frequent during planet formation, and with this kind of research, we are now gaining more insight into their effect on potentially habitable exoplanets", Luis Teodoro, study co-author and researcher at the BAER/NASA Ames Research Center, said in the statement.
The trapped heat could explain the extreme temperatures in Uranus' outer atmosphere.
According to new research, Uranus was hit by a huge object which is approximately double the size of Earth that made the planet to lean and also responsible for its freezing temperatures.Astronomers led an global team of experts in Durham University, UK to investigate how Uranus was bowed in its favor and as a result there was a major impact on the development of the planet.The team motivated the high-resolution computer simulation to try to work with the ice giant before a large scale collision so that the planets developed. First, it could explain how and why some of Uranus' moons formed.
The giant rock ramming into the planet could also explain its Moons and rings, says the report.
Scientists now think the collision could have created Uranus' moons and rings in the aftermath. Last year, a separate study also explored this aspect of the collision.
The simulations also suggest the force of impact created a shell of debris around the planet's ice layer, trapping all heat from its core.
The team executed the premiere high-resolution computer simulation of varied very big accident with ice giant to attempt to decipher how the planet evolved.