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It's no secret that Titan is spotted with lakes and even seas of liquid methane. And while the seas of this moon have their own magic, it was the lakes that always had experts scratching their heads. Unlike with craters and glacial paths on Earth, the formation of lakes on Titan was a complete mystery, until now.
Titan is one heck of a mysterious world. As the largest moon orbiting Saturn, this heavenly body plays host to a murky, dense atmosphere and vast seas of methane. These seas even contain "disappearing islands" - strange floating objects that appear and disappear randomly. Another mystery was the origin of its dunes - towering formations that the gentle wind of Titan could not have possibly created. Now, researchers have finally identified the true dune creator.
Believe it or not, astronomers are abuzz about another sea that may be a home for life, and it's not on Saturn's Titan or Enceladus, or Jupiter's icy satellite Europa. New observations have found that Europa's neighbor, Ganymede, which happens to be the largest moon in our solar system, may play host to a massive habitable ocean - one hiding just beneath its rugged surface.
Well...not exactly, but scientists have concluded that if one does exist, this would be what the new life would look like. Living on Saturn's moon Titan, it would have to metabolize and reproduce akin to life on Earth, strengthening the theory that Titan may be habitable, according to new research.
Astronomers are shamelessly drooling over a new set of naked photos, but it's not exactly what you think. The photos, snapped from an ideal vantage point by the Cassini spacecraft, have managed to reveal that Saturn's moon Titan looks far more like the surfaces of Venus or Mars than experts expected, at least when it's stripped down to its birthday suit by buffeting solar winds.
The mystery of Titan's windswept dunes is finally solved, thanks to a research team at the University of Tennessee, a new study says.
Saturn's moon Titan is home to one of the most intriguing mysteries of our solar system - the "magic island" of the Ligeia Mare sea. Now, a new flyby of the Cassini spacecraft has revealed that another sea may boast similarly intriguing island-like features.
After nearly a year, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted what looks like an island in the middle of Titan's largest hydrocarbon sea once more. Despite the fact that Cassini engineers know where to look, the island seems to show itself only sporadically, its mysterious vanishing act earning it the name "Magic Island."
The long-running Cassini orbital Saturn mission has revealed that there are hundreds of hydrocarbon lakes and seas located all over Saturn's moon Titan. Now new observations have led researchers to believe that they can explain, at least in-part, how methane rainfall replenishes these liquid landmarks.
Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have evidence that the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as the Dead Sea here on Earth.
After orbiting Saturn and its respective moons for a decade, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is entering the last phase of what the Cassini team has been calling its "extended-extended mission." This final phase has been coined "the Grand Finale" by the general public, and will end with Cassini throwing itself into Saturn's fiery atmosphere.
While Saturn's largest moon likely formed after the ringed planet, the materials that Titan is made of appear to date back long before Saturn existed.
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is home to a mysterious "magic island" that appears and disappears into the satellite's pungent chemical seas. Now, researchers have outlined their best guesses as to what this island may actually be.