As one of the key research in Physics in recent times, a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh ventured into a project to reveal the chemical make-up, forming the mantle of Neptune.
To the delight of the team, the project is a success and came up with a precise and concise verdict about the icy interior of Neptune.
An excerpt of the observation
A Frozen mixture of ammonia, water and methane forms a thick layer, lying between the core and the atmosphere of Neptune. This is known as the mantle of the planet. But, the form in which these chemicals are stored in the planet is not much known.
Researchers tried several times to reproduce a similar ambiance in the laboratory; however, they tasted failure in these endeavors. Subsequently, researchers tried computer simulations for replicating the conditions, prevailing in the mantle of Neptune.
Dr. Andreas Hernmann, a fellow with the “Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions” at the Edinburgh University stated that Computer Models happen to be wonderful tools for conducting research on the extreme places.
The University is the phase to develop a robust framework to extrude a more realistic picture about the real things that happens inside the planet.
Analyzing the process in which the chemicals react between each other at tremendously high pressure and extremely low temperature, the research team predicted the compounds that get formed in the planet’s mantle.
As it came up to their observations, it is likely that a chilled mixture of ammonia with water forms a compound known as Ammonia Hemihydrate in the mantle of Neptune.
As on date, very little is known about this compound and it is found that this compound stays stable in pressure to the extent of 500 Gigapascals, an extent which is highly usual in planets like Neptune. In the opinion of the research team, this compound is one of the key constituents of icy Planets.
The significance and impact of the research and its observation
This research and its observations are going to open up possibilities of more extensive research in Astro Physics, along the same lines, in the days to come.
In the opinion of the experts, this observation will assist physicists to make better predictions about the interiors of Neptune. Further research on Ammonia Hemihydrate will reveal a better perception about the Frozen World.
This will aid in other aspects of Space research and innovations as well. Hence, the finding of this observation deserves a special mention.
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