Researchers previously thought a single knockout punch likely did the job.
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and the third-largest planet in the solar system. The blue-green gas giant has the coldest atmosphere of all the planets in the solar system. Uranus is the only planet in the solar system that orbits the sun on its side, and this extreme tilt is responsible for turning the planet's magnetic fields into a jumbled mess. So far only NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has studied the planet up close during a flyby in 1986, but researchers are still studying the planet with telescopes on and around Earth.
Jupiter, the moon and Uranus will over a skywatching show as the crescent moon passes north of both planets on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.
A NASA Pluto probe may be slumbering at the moment, but it's still tearing through space at a blistering pace, closing in on the orbit of Uranus.
Uranus, seventh planet from the sun, is the third largest planet and is a gas giant similar to Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune with the coldest atmosphere in the solar system.
The rare cosmic triple play of Jupiter, Uranus and the full moon is dazzling amateur astronomers this week in a bright night sky show.
This Wednesday there will be a spectacular triple conjunction of the harvest moon, Jupiter, and Uranus.
The planet Uranus can be spotted in the night sky using Jupiter as guide this week, a challenging but rewarding target for skywatchers.