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Sun Sep 30, 2012, 08:55 PM

Latest Titan Flyby Images

by JASON MAJOR on SEPTEMBER 30, 2012


On September 26-27 Cassini executed its latest flyby of Titan, T-86, coming within 594 miles (956 km) of the cloud-covered moon in order to measure the effects of the Sunís energy on its dense atmosphere and determine its variations at different altitudes.

The image above was captured as Cassini approached Titan from its night side, traveling about 13,000 mph (5.9 km/s). Itís a color-composite made from three separate raw images acquired in red, green and blue visible light filters.
Titanís upper-level hydrocarbon haze is easily visible as a blue-green ďshellĒ above its orange-colored clouds.

Cassini captured this image as it approached Titanís sunlit limb, grabbing a better view of the upper haze. Some banding can be seen in its highest reaches.
The haze is the result of UV light from the Sun breaking down nitrogen and methane in Titanís atmosphere, forming hydrocarbons that rise up and collect at altitudes of 300-400 kilometers. The sea-green coloration is a denser photochemical layer that extends upwards from about 200 km altitude.


Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/97654/pictures-from-t-86-cassinis-latest-flyby-of-titan/#ixzz280KayJwL

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n2doc Sep 2012 OP
kestrel91316 Sep 2012 #1
Bucky Oct 2012 #5
muriel_volestrangler Oct 2012 #8
Bucky Oct 2012 #9
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littlemissmartypants Oct 2012 #3
Surya Gayatri Oct 2012 #4
JohnnyRingo Oct 2012 #6
GTurck Oct 2012 #7

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 09:02 PM

1. Looks like smog to me. Probably a whole lotta coal-fired power plants there,

 

and government run by libertarians.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 1, 2012, 02:52 PM

5. Libertarians reject the regulation of Saturn's orbit. Titan should go & establish its own orbit.

No more of this Big Brother imposing its laws of gravitation on our personal freedom!

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Response to Bucky (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:17 AM

8. Heh - how do you think the rings were formed?

That was another libertarian Saturn moon, with a guy who built a device to get it out of orbit, and whose last words were "here, hold my beer ..."

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 01:06 PM

9. And that man's name was...

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 09:14 PM

2. beautiful...

and fascinating.... it's amazing to think there are 'storms' that rain methane...wow

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_%28moon%29

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Mon Oct 1, 2012, 12:53 AM

3. .

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Mon Oct 1, 2012, 01:16 AM

4. As always, thanks so much for your beautiful posts, n2doc.

 

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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 04:12 AM

6. Science Kick!

Thanx for posting!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:39 AM

7. So....

Titan's hydrocarbons could be harvested for use on Earth? Send in the energy conclomerates to get there first. LOL.

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