Friday, June 09, 2006
Titan Ducking Toward SaturnThis is a nice image just up today on the Cassini site. It has kind of an art-deco feel to it, don't you think? Note the extension of sunlight well around the moon Titan. That's an effect of the thick atmosphere there scattering light a bit before dawn and some time after twilight. You can catch a hint of that looking at Venus through the telescope. Titan's orange air is a bit deeper than ours of that of Venus. 'Course, ours has more water vapor and Venus is notable for sulfuric acid (the ultimate acid rain planet), Titan's gases are nitrogen, methane, and a smattering of hydrogen-carbon compounds. Whatever they are, it still makes for a pretty picture.