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Swift
2012-Oct-02, 02:19 PM
From Laboratory Equipment magazine (http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/10/titan-reveals-surprising-seasonal-cycles)


Detailed observations of Saturnís moon Titan have now spanned 30 years, covering an entire solar orbit for this distant world. Athena Coustenis from the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France has analyzed data gathered over this time and has found that the changing seasons of Titan affect it more than previously thought. Coustenis presented these results at the European Planetary Science Congress in Madrid.

Explains Coustenis, ďAs with Earth, conditions on Titan change with its seasons. We can see differences in atmospheric temperatures, chemical composition and circulation patterns, especially at the poles. For example, hydrocarbon lakes form around the north polar region during winter due to colder temperatures and condensation. Also, a haze layer surrounding Titan at the northern pole is significantly reduced during the equinox because of the atmospheric circulation patterns. This is all very surprising because we didnít expect to find any such rapid changes, especially in the deeper layers of the atmosphere.Ē

Kind of amazing that we have been visiting Saturn for only one Saturn year.

John Jaksich
2012-Oct-04, 07:36 PM
From Laboratory Equipment magazine (http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/10/titan-reveals-surprising-seasonal-cycles)



Kind of amazing that we have been visiting Saturn for only one Saturn year.

Given the looming budgetary cutbacks---I am grateful for we have accomplished!