Someone light a match.
In a study making people almost everywhere giggle, researchers found that much from the upper atmosphere of Uranus will be hydrogen sulfide. That’ h the same compound responsible for some smells familiar here on Earth, including farts and rotten eggs.
“ If an unfortunate human were actually to descend through Uranus’ h clouds, they would be met with quite unpleasant and odiferous conditions , ” Patrick Irwin in the University of Oxford, one of the study’ s authors, said in the news release.
On the other hand, the smell can quite literally be the last thing you see.
“ Suffocation and exposure within the -200 degrees Celsius atmosphere made from mostly hydrogen, helium and methane would take its toll a long time before the smell, ” Irwin said.
Researchers used data from the Gemini Northern telescope in Hawaii to take the long-distance sniff of the atmosphere over the clouds of Uranus plus solve one of the stinkiest mysteries from the Solar System. While some researchers have long thought Uranus got high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide, others believed the planet would consist of ammonia, as had been observed in Jupiter and Saturn.
The Gemini data, published this week in journal Character Astronomy , confirmed that Uranus stinks.
“ Now, because of improved hydrogen sulfide absorption-line information and the wonderful Gemini spectra, we now have the fingerprint which caught at fault, ” said Irwin.
Or maybe he or she who smelt it, dealt this.