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2007/08/16

  09:50:17 pm, by   , 180 words  
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Titan's Liquid Methane Lakes

Titan's liquid methane lakes
Titan's liquid methane lakes

from: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/image-details.cfm?imageID=2432

The existence of oceans or lakes of liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan was predicted more than 20 years ago. But with a dense haze preventing a closer look it has not been possible to confirm their presence. Until the Cassini flyby of July 22, 2006, that is.

Radar imaging data from the flyby, published this week in the journal Nature, provide convincing evidence for large bodies of liquid. This image, used on the journal's cover, gives a taste of what Cassini saw. Intensity in this colorized image is proportional to how much radar brightness is returned, or more specifically, the logarithm of the radar backscatter cross-section. The colors are not a representation of what the human eye would see.

The lakes, darker than the surrounding terrain, are emphasized here by tinting regions of low backscatter in blue. Radar-brighter regions are shown in tan. The strip of radar imagery is foreshortened to simulate an oblique view of the highest latitude region, seen from a point to its west.

2007/07/22

  04:46:41 am, by   , 59 words  
Categories: Saturn

60th moon of Saturn found

60th moon of Saturn found
60th moon of Saturn found

from: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/07/19/279275.aspx

The scientists behind the Cassini orbiter have announced the discovery of Saturn's 60th moon, a little thing that showed up in time-lapse photography of the ringed planet. Jupiter still leads this moon race with 63 known satellites - but Saturn could soon pull ahead, at least temporarily.

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