Infrasound Resonance in the Atmosphere of Uranus

Mystery of Bright Spot on Uranus

by Paul Sutherland for Skymania
October 27, 2011

Amateur astronomers with large telescopes and CCD cameras are being urged to turn them on the distant planet Uranus following reports of the appearance of a brilliant new feature.

Professional images taken using the 8.1-metre Gemini Telescope North on Hawaii have recorded a region said to be ten times brighter than the planetary background.

Leading planetary scientist Dr Heidi B Hammel, a key figure with the James Webb Space Telescope whose special interest is in the ice planets Uranus and Neptune, used her Facebook page yesterday to appeal for more observations. She said that if the feature was confirmed independently by enough amateur astronomers, it would be seen as a "target of opportunity" that would allow NASA's Hubble space telescope to be switched from its scheduled observing programme to watch it.

Our image here was taken using Gemini by planetary scientist Larry Sromovsky, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, using Gemini. A line scan through the spot gives the brightness curve below the disk. Superimposed lines of latitude and longitude show how Uranus is tilted right over, believed due to an impact many aeons ago, so that it now rolls around the solar system on its side. Its north pole is at about 4 o'clock in the image.

Uranus' Spectral Shifts in False Color

by Calvin Hamilton for Solarviews
May 15, 2004

[The picture of Uranus at right was] compiled from images returned Jan. 17, 1986, by the narrow-angle camera of Voyager 2. The spacecraft was 9.1 million kilometers (5.7 million miles) from the planet, several days from closest approach...

The picture at right uses false color and extreme contrast enhancement to bring out subtle details in the polar region of Uranus. Images obtained through ultraviolet, violet and orange filters were respectively converted to the same blue, green and red colors used to produce the picture... The very slight contrasts visible in true color are greatly exaggerated here. In this false-color picture, Uranus reveals a dark polar hood surrounded by a series of progressively l ighter concentric bands. One possible explanation is that a brownish haze or smog, concentrated over the pole, is arranged into bands by zonal motions of the upper atmosphere. The bright orange and yellow strip at the lower edge of the planet's limb is an artifact of the image enhancement. In fact, the limb is dark and uniform in color around the planet. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


The Fibonacci banding of Uranus' spectral shifts can be explained by the structure of Magnetic Resonance presented above. This image comparison shows this author's spherical pattern of Magnetic Resonance on the left and the Voyager 2 filtered image of Uranus at right, revealing the correlating symmetry of Fibonacci banding and vortical points.

The nonlinear infrasound standing wave resonance in Uranus' atmosphere is defining the relative proportions of the latitudinal spectral banding. The bright spot recently imaged in Uranus' northern hemisphere is located at 19 degrees, while the bands of bright vortices that have been previously observed in Uranus' southern hemisphere reflect this same 19-degree alignment.

The same resonance pattern also underlies the vortical storm activity on Jupiter, whose giant Red Spot was just joined by a smaller red companion vortex on April 8, 2006. An identical comparison with the other gas planets reconfirms the correlation; in the concentric rings of heat distribution observed in infrared imaging of Saturn and its moon Titan.

This infrasound resonance pattern has also been observed for short periods on Earth and dictates the geopositions of the pyramids of the world, with the Orion pyramids of Giza, Egypt at the centerpoint. The oncoming solar-system-wide magnetic reversal of December 22, 2012 may influence the atmospheric cloud patterns of Earth to become similar to those of Titan, with patterns of glowing plasma forming in the skies - seen as brilliant luminous spots like standing aurora.