Uranus smells terrible, scientists say

Posted at 3:05 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 09:14:07-04

Uranus. You can't say the planet's name without laughing. Now, we're learning this planet has another punch line: it stinks.

Researchers at the University of Oxford discovered the clouds in Uranus' atmosphere are composed of hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs or someone passing gas.

Scientists sniffed out this new information by using a spectrometer on NASA's Gemini Telescope in Hawaii.

Researchers observed the planet's cloud cover and spotted the signature of hydrogen sulfide. Their results were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Astronomy on Monday.

If anyone were to go to Uranus, they wouldn't have to endure the stench, lead author Patrick Irwin said in a release.

"Suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium, and methane would take its toll long before the smell," Irwin said.