Scientists have a new theory about why the planet Uranus looks the way it does, complete with its lopsided nature, and the only planet that spins on its side.
“Detailed computer simulations show that an enormous rock crashed into the seventh planet from the sun”, said Durham University astronomy researcher Jacob Kegerreis, who presented his analysis at a large earth and space science conference this month.”
“Uranus is unique in the solar system. The massive planet tilts about 90 degrees on its side, as do its five largest moons. Its magnetic field is also lopsided and doesn’t go out the poles like ours does”, said NASA chief scientist Jim Green.