Researchers based out of the University of California, Berkeley used the world’s two most powerful telescopes, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope, to spot unusually bright cloud activity in the upper atmosphere of Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, which lies about 1.86 billion miles away. The team spotted approximately 8 storms in the planet’s northern hemisphere over a span of just two days in August. There was one storm in particular that is now considered the brightest ever seen there, accounting for 30% of all the reflected light we can see coming off the planet. Continue reading for a more detailed video on Uranus and additional information about the mega storms.
“Hubble looked at the planet just this past October 24 and found multiple giant storms extending more than 5,592 miles (9,000 kilometers) across, at various altitudes. That is roughly three-quarters of the diameter of Earth. All these alien tempests appear to be happening above the main methane-laden part of the atmosphere, where the atmospheric pressures are about half of what they are here on Earth,” reports National Geographic.