3 Comments »Posted on Friday 18 December 2009 at 8:00 pm by Colin Stuart
In Space & Astronomy

NASA have released a photo of sunlight glinting off a lake on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The image, snapped by the Cassini space probe, confirmed liquid in the Northern hemisphere to add to the discovery of liquid lakes in the Southern Hemisphere in 2008.

Sunlight reflecting off a lake on Titan
Sunlight reflecting off a lake on Titan

This part of Titan has been shrouded in darkness for the last 15 years as the moon’s North pole was angled away from the Sun, but as Saturn approached it’s equinox the lake in question slowly titled into the Sun’s glare.

A clever piece of detective work has pinned down the lake responsible as Kraken Mare, an enormous body of water stretching 400,000 square kilometres across Titan.

Titan is one of the most exciting places in our Solar System, particularly when it comes to finding life, and this discovery further adds to the wealth of information scientists are collecting about the planet-sized satellite.

  1. 3 Comments

  2. Such a strange image. I find it hard to comprehend that it’s an actual moon, somewhere out there in space. Unreal.

    By Jacob Aron on Friday 18 December, 2009 at 8:01 pm

  3. It is a moon with an atmosphere. That is what is so cool about Titan. It’s like a very early Earth but “in a deep freeze”

    By Colin Stuart on Friday 18 December, 2009 at 8:03 pm

  4. My new desktop background…

    By Neuroskeptic on Saturday 26 December, 2009 at 10:26 am

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