Titan Is Coming To Life, Sea Waves Discovered On The Earth Like Moon | Neon Nettle.
Recently the Cassini spacecraft detected an ‘island’ now dubbed ‘Magic Island’ on the Saturn moon Titan, but it had vanished during the next flyby. The region in question is Ligeia Mare, one of the seas of methane found at the planets north pole. Scientists have stated that the phenomenon could be attributed to any number of natural causes including waves and icebergs.
Ligeia Mare is on the largest bodies of liquid on the moon. The moon also shares many similarities with earth, such as a substantial atmosphere and a seasonal cycle. The moon also shows signs of weather where wind and rainhas shaped the surface forming rivers, dunes and shorelines.
The key difference between earth and Titan is its geological makeup. Titan’s mountains and dune fields are made of ice, rather than rock or sand, and liquid hydrocarbons take many of the roles played by water on Earth.
Radar was used to discover the depth of the Ligeia Mare and it is 525 feet deep. Jonathan Lunine a scientist on the Cassini mission at Cornell University said in a statement; “Methane is not only in the atmosphere, but probably in the crust.
“It’s a hint there are organics not only in Titan’s air and on the surface, but even in the deep interior, where liquid water exists as well. Organics are the building blocks of life, and if they are in contact with liquid water, there could be a chance of finding some form of life.”
The moons seas are filled with methane and ethane rather than water. These are gases on earth but due to Titans low temperature of -180C they exist in a liquid state. Recently another case also claims to have observed waves on Titans seas . Read the rest of the article at Neon Nettle . . . .