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The spectacular Sun reflection on Saturn’s moon

NASA‘s spacecraft Cassini has managed to take this dramatic picture of Titan, the large moon of Saturn where we can appreaciate a beautiful sunlight reflected in the seas of hydrocarbons.

In the past, Cassini had captured separately images of polar seas and the sun shining on them, but this is the first time the two of them have been seen together in the same instant, as you can see in the picture below.

Specular Spectacular

Specular Spectacular

In this stunning photography bright methane clouds that hover near the north pole of Titan are also appreciated. These clouds could actively replenish lakes with rainfall. Similarly, a bright border around Kraken Mare, the sea that contains the solar reflection, indicates that this sea was larger at some point, but evaporation has decreased its size.

The seas of Titan are mostly liquid methane and ethane. Before the arrival of Cassini to Saturn, scientists suspected that Titan could have open liquid bodies on its surface. Cassini found large areas of sand dunes near the equator and at lower latitudes, but also discovered lakes and seas near the poles, especially in the north.

The new view shows Titan in infrared light. It was obtained on 21st August of this present year, when trying to solve the mystery of an island that appears and disappears in Saturn.

The island in the center of the picture is not always there

The island in the center of the picture is not always there

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