Astronomers are now able to forecast rain – methane rain – on Saturn’s biggest moon Titan.
Cassini radar image (on left) of the largest body of liquid ever found on Titan’s north pole, compared to Lake Superior (on right). Scientists believe that this lake, and others like it, are most likely liquid methane and ethane.
The new study may help explain the rivers, lakes and clouds of methane on Titan.
The scientists detailed their findings in the Jan. 5 issue of the journal Nature.
The Cassini spacecraft has discovered very strong evidence for hydrocarbon lakes on Titan. Dark lake-like patches are scattered all over the high latitudes surrounding Titan’s north pole.
As I ask in “Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps” (p. 136),
Why not here?
If carbon can form in Titan’s hazy skies, if crude oil can rain out of Jupiter’s skies, then why not here?