13 May 2019
Titan’s oceans are still and filthyNASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of IdahoBy Leah CraneThe methane seas on Saturn’s largest moon are remarkably calm, and it might be because of a thin floating layer of organic gunk.
Titan’s thick atmosphere is full of complex organic compounds, which give it a distinct orange colour. Those compounds are constantly snowing down from the sky, coating the surface. Daniel Cordier at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and Nathalie Carrasco at University of Versailles Saint-Quentin in France calculated what this might mean for the moon’s oceans.
They found that some of the …
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