Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan’s Lakes

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This near-infrared, color view from Cassini shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho | ‘ Full Image and Caption

On its final flyby of Saturn’s largest moon in 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan’s northern hemisphere are surprisingly deep, perched atop hills and filled with methane.

Many things are taking place:

Saturn’s moon Titan sports phantom hydrocarbon lakes

In the April 13 SN: The browning of the Arctic, RNAs steal the spotlight, sensing Earth’s magnetic field, a spider speed record, Bennu spits dust, a ketamine drug for depression and more.’

I SPY ‘The northern region of Saturn’s moon Titan is dotted with hydrocarbon seas and lakes (shown in this false-color mosaic image created from radar data). Now three lakes in the area appear to have disappeared before Cassini’s eyes.

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Planetary scientist Shannon MacKenzie and colleagues uncovered the disappearing lakes by comparing Cassini observations from two different seasons of Titan’s year, which lasts 29.5 Earth years. In the midst of Titan’s winter in 2006, Cassini’s radar observations indicated that all three lakes were filled with liquid. But when Cassini’s infrared cameras were trained on the lakes in 2013, during the moon’s spring, all three had dried up.

  • Publisher: Science News
  • Date: 2019-04-15T11:00:05-04:00
  • Author: Maria Temming
  • Twitter: @ScienceNews
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Stunning footage reveals the moment the moon SWALLOWS Saturn

A space phenomenon which saw the moon ‘swallow’ the gas giant Saturn has been captured in stunning footage.’

The bizarre event saw the ringed planet eventually re-emerge from the other side of the moon – completing a process called occultation.’

This celestial event lasted for 1 hour 44 minutes and was captured by photographer’Cory Schmitz in Johannesburg.’

Footage was accompanied He posted a standalone picture to Instagram with colouration showing Saturn and its rings in the background, dwarfed by the nearby moon

Mr Schmitz said in his post: ‘The raw view through my planetary imaging telescope from South Africa of the Saturn conjunction and occultation by Earth’s moon.’

Greetings Earthlings: There was a bright light and zap. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. Alert, alert. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.