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Monday
Nov 17 2014
22:57 UTC

Cassini plumbs the depths and new mysteries of Titan's seas

The Cassini spacecraft continues to make new discoveries about Titan's methane seas and lakes, answering some questions but raising additional ones as well. As announced this week, Cassini has discovered two more of the unusual magic islands – bright features which seem to appear in the seas where they didn't exist before – and has … Continue Reading →The post Cassini plumbs the depths and new mysteries of Titan's seas appeared first on The Meridiani Journal.

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Friday
Nov 14 2014
19:47 UTC

Weekly Space Hangout — Nov. 14, 2014: Holy Rosetta! We Landed on a Comet!

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter. org / @cosmic_chatter) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Nov. 14, 2014: Holy Rosetta! We Landed on a Comet! (210 words) ┬ Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: ALMA, Black […]

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Friday
Nov 14 2014
14:52 UTC

Comet Landing: Side-By-Side Pics Of Alien Surfaces Humanity Explored

Correction, 11:33 a. m. EST: The University of Central Florida's Phil Metzger points out that the image composition leaves out Eros, which NEAR Shoemaker landed on in 2001. This article has been corrected to reflect that and to clarify that the surfaces pictured were from “soft” landings. And now there are eight. With Philae's incredible landing […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Nov 08 2014
05:01 UTC

Saturn and Titan Show Off Their Crescents

It may not be in color but that doesn't make it any less beautiful: this stunning image from Cassini shows Saturn and its largest moon Titan — the second-largest moon in our solar system, after Jupiter's Ganymede — from their night sides, both showing their┬crescents against the blackness of space. Titan's crescent nearly wraps all […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Friday
Nov 07 2014
03:25 UTC

Titan’s seas and lakes sparkle in the sunlight in recent Cassini images

Saturn's moon Titan is a very unique world, and the only place in the solar system known to have seas and lakes (liquid methane/ethane) on its surface, other than Earth. And just like our home world, if you look at them at the right moment from space, you can see sunlight gleaming off of them, … Continue Reading →The post Titan's seas and lakes sparkle in the sunlight in recent Cassini images appeared first on The Meridiani Journal.

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Monday
Nov 03 2014
14:52 UTC

Titanic Liquid: Blinding Sunglint' Shines On Saturn's Swampy Moon

See that yellow smudge in the image above? That's what the Sun looks like reflecting off the seas of Titan, that moon of Saturn that excites astrobiologists because its chemistry resembles what early Earth could have looked like. This image represents the first time this “sunglint” and Titan's northern polar seas have been captured in […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Nov 03 2014
02:06 UTC

Cassini Spots the Sun Shining on Titan’s Sea

There's nothing like the beautiful reflection of sunlight off the mirrored surface of a lovely lake… regardless┬if you're on Earth or Saturn's moon Titan! This picture, a mosaic of images acquired by Cassini's Visual Infrared and Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument during a flyby on August 21, 2014, shows exactly that: sunglint reflecting off the super-smooth […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Oct 29 2014
15:26 UTC

Cassini Probe Spots Methane Ice Crystals In Titan's Atmosphere

During it's 2006 flyby of Titan, the Cassini Space Probe captured some of the most detailed images of Saturn's largest moon. Amongst them was one showing the lofty cloud formations over Titan's north pole (shown above). Interestingly enough, these cloud formations bear a strong resemblance to those that are seen in Earth's own polar stratosphere. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 27 2014
02:00 UTC

NASA Identifies Ice Cloud Above Cruising Altitude on Titan

This cloud in the stratosphere over Titan's north pole (left) is similar to Earth's polar stratospheric clouds (right). NASA scientists found that Titan's cloud contains methane ice, which was not previously thought to form in that part of the atmosphere. Cassini first spotted the cloud in 2006. Image Credit: L. NASA/JPL/U. of Ariz./LPGNantes; R. NASA/GSFC/M. SchoeberlNASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that i

Posted by astronomy cmarchesin

Thursday
Oct 23 2014
15:49 UTC

Unusual Distribution of Organics Found in Titan's Atmosphere

... new mystery of Titan has been uncovered by astronomers using their latest asset in the high altitude desert of Chile. Using the now fully deployed Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile, astronomers moved from observing comets to Titan. A single 3 minute observation revealed organic molecules that are askew in the atmosphere […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 23 2014
02:10 UTC

NASA-led Study Sees Titan Glowing at Dusk and Dawn

High in the atmosphere of Titan, large patches of two trace gases glow near the north pole, on the dusk side of the moon, and near the south pole, on the dawn side. Brighter colors indicate stronger signals from the two gases, HNC (left) and HC3N (right); red hues indicate less pronounced signals. Image Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSFNew maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the

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