Friday, March 18, 2011

Cassini Spacecraft Captures Distant Weather Report

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has recorded some interesting activity on Saturn's biggest moon, Titan. It's raining there--methane rain, actually. And it's happening right on Titan's desert-laden equator.


The rain's are at low latitudes, which is interesting. So far this is the first time low-lat rains have been recorded there. Furthermore, the area has been dry for years, and is just now seeing rain. Scientists believe that the new weather is due to the changing of the seasons, i.e. the shifts in sunlight.

Scientists conclude from this new evidence that Titan's weather is similar to the weather over Earth's tropical oceans. They will continue to observe evidence to compare and contrast Titan's changing seasons to Earth's, in order to learn a little more about Saturn's moon.

Just think, 100 years ago humans may have not even dreamed that such study of distant worlds was even possible. Imagine what we will be capable of in another 100 years--or even 50--or even 20.

As we literally reach for the stars, anything's possible.

Happy Futuristic Friday, all!

1 comment:

  1. Here is a pretty nifty artist's rendition of the methane rain: