Friday, August 17, 2012

Titan, the Liquid Moon

Close observations of Saturn's moon Titan show that as it orbits it is deformed by Saturn's gravity. Here's an animation of what is seen, only slightly exaggerated:

Embedded video from

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology

This means that somewhere, deep down, Titan is a different phase of matter. It is a liquid moon. And where there's liquid flow could there be life?

Right now, who knows? The great part about this is that it's close enough that we can imagine taking a jaunt out to see. Of course, kind of hard to call it a jaunt when it's probably a one-way trip for any humans ...

[More information on this observation found here.]

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