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Giant planet Uranus is rotating strangely

This 2006 image provided by NASA shows an image of Uranus with its moon Ariel, small white sphere, made by the Hubble Space Telescope. A team of Canadian and French scientists discovered a space rock that closely follows the planet’s orbit.
This 2006 image provided by NASA shows an image of Uranus with its moon Ariel, small white sphere, made by the Hubble Space Telescope. A team of Canadian and French scientists discovered a space rock that closely follows the planet’s orbit. AP Photo - NASA

URANUS is very strange.

News.com.au reports that for years, experts have thought that the seventh planet from the Sun was one of the calmest gas giants in the Solar System, but a University of Arizona astronomer believes there's a lot more than meets the eye.

Erich Karkoschka presented findings in Tuscon which revealed that the seemingly blue planet's southern hemisphere rotates in a way never seen before by scientists.

"The unusual rotation of high southern latitudes of Uranus is probably due to an unusual feature in the interior of Uranus," he said.

"The fact that I found this unusual rotation offers new possibilities to learn about the interior of a giant planet."

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