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Wonders of Saturn

14 Mar 2012, 16:48 UTC
Wonders of Saturn
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A weird, wonderful array of moons.

I’m a big fan of the Cassini probe, still running around taking awesome pictures of Saturn and her hodgepodge of moons. Above, a natural-color view of Titan’s atmosphere — more precisely, a dent in Titan’s atmosphere:
This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward the south polar region of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and shows a depression within the moon’s orange and blue haze layers near the south pole.
The moon’s high altitude haze layer appears blue here; whereas, the main atmospheric haze is orange. The difference in color could be due to particle size of the haze. The blue haze likely consists of smaller particles than the orange haze.
The depressed or attenuated layer appears in the transition area between the orange and blue hazes about a third of the way in from the left edge of the narrow-angle image. The moon’s south pole is in the upper right of this image. This view suggests Titan’s north polar vortex, or hood, is beginning to flip from north to south.
The southern pole of Titan is going into darkness as the sun advances towards the north with each passing day. The upper layer of ...

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