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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Titan: Saturn's combustible sibling

Titan Globe    (Author: Hargitai) 
Titan, also known as Saturn VI, is the largest moon of Saturn.  Shrouded in smog, it has also been shrouded in
mystery for centuries.

You too might want to be cloaked in secrecy had you done to Uranus (the mythological father of all Titans) what Chronus (aka "Saturn") and his Titan siblings did.

It seems that Chronus was a bit envious of his father's power.  He therefore went ahead and lopped off Uranus' most private of parts.  Fair or not, the Titan name has been somewhat tainted ever since.

This combustive Titan nature is reflected within Titan's surface liquid.  Wikipedia explains that Titan "is the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found."

This surface liquid, however, is not water.  Due to Titan's frigid temperatures, the water there is all in the form of solid ice.  Instead, Titan's surface liquid is mostly composed of methane and ethane (combustible

Because Titan has a windy atmosphere, its surface liquid might also have waves.  NBC News recently reported that "scientists say they see the glint of waves rippling across those seas."


Copyright March 20, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved


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