APOD: Titan: Moon over Saturn (2022 May 27)

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APOD: Titan: Moon over Saturn (2022 May 27)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri May 27, 2022 4:05 am

Image Titan: Moon over Saturn

Explanation: Like Earth's moon, Saturn's largest moon Titan is locked in synchronous rotation. This mosaic of images recorded by the Cassini spacecraft in May of 2012 shows its anti-Saturn side, the side always facing away from the ringed gas giant. The only moon in the solar system with a dense atmosphere, Titan is the only solar system world besides Earth known to have standing bodies of liquid on its surface and an earthlike cycle of liquid rain and evaporation. Its high altitude layer of atmospheric haze is evident in the Cassini view of the 5,000 kilometer diameter moon over Saturn's rings and cloud tops. Near center is the dark dune-filled region known as Shangri-La. The Cassini-delivered Huygens probe rests below and left of center, after the most distant landing for a spacecraft from Earth.

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Re: APOD: Titan: Moon over Saturn (2022 May 27)

Post by saturno2 » Fri May 27, 2022 4:18 am

Very interesting image

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Re: APOD: Titan: Moon over Saturn (2022 May 27)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri May 27, 2022 11:57 am

Kinda stark looking, but you can see Saturn's ring layers
beneath Titan! Neat! 8-)
Luna's far side :roll: reminds me of Mercury!
Rain on Titan Nice concept by Artist! :D
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Re: APOD: Titan: Moon over Saturn (2022 May 27)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Fri May 27, 2022 3:42 pm

I never finished convincing myself about "methane rain" taking into account the water cycle and its density with respect to methane and its molecular weight, but the Wiki explains it in