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Ice cloud on Saturn’s moon Titan seen peaking at an altitude of 124 miles

Ice cloud on Saturn’s moon Titan seen peaking at an altitude of 124 miles

Ice cloud on Saturn’s moon Titan seen peaking at an altitude of 124 miles

Washington: Saturn’s moon Titan has developed one more feature to amaze astronomers. A report by NASA says that enormous ice cloud is visible on the massive Saturn moon. NASA says that these dangerous looking ice clouds were spotted by the space agency’s Cassini spacecraft.

The spaceship that was launched some seventeen years ago has been the most important source of information on not just Saturn, but its moon Saturn as well. It was launched on October 15, 1997 aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur and entered orbit around Saturn on July 1, 2004, after an interplanetary voyage that included flybys of Earth, Venus, and Jupiter.

NASA in its report said that the unmanned space ship had released imaged an impressive cloud hovering over Titan’s south pole at an altitude of about 186 miles. Nonetheless it was just a small part of the massive cloud that has enveloped a major part of the enormous moon Titan.

saturnNASA says that the newly found ice cloud system peaking at an altitude of about 124 miles (200 kilometers) – is much bigger. It is believed that the new cloud has a low density, similar to Earth’s fog but likely flat on top.

While talking about the latest phenomenon Carrie Anderson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said, “When we looked at the infrared data, this ice cloud stood out like nothing we’ve ever seen before…It practically smacked us in the face.” The new monstrous cloud was detected by Cassini’s infrared instrument – the Composite Infrared Spectrometer, or CIRS – which obtains profiles of the atmosphere at invisible thermal wavelengths.

Titan moon has always amazed space enthusiasts across the world. “Titan’s seasonal changes continue to excite and surprise,” said Scott Edgington, Cassini deputy project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

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