The above image was taken by the Cassini space probe of the south pole of Titan, one of Saturn’s largest moons. The swirling vortex is a mixture of gases, an indication that it’s almost winter on Titan.
The more we learn about the many moons of the gas giants in our solar system, the more we learn that they’re often more fascinating than the planets they orbit. Titan, a moon that orbits Saturn, has always been of great interest to science, and it just keeps getting more interesting. It turns out that along Titan’s equator, there are a number of large, tropical methane lakes. Not exactly vacation spots, but fascinating nonetheless.
The moons of Jupiter and Saturn continue to yield surprises the more we get a chance to thoroughly investigate them. The newest fun find is on Dione, one of the moons of Saturn, where scientists discovered that the body is enveloped in life-giving oxygen.
Saturn’s moon Titan appears to be an amazing place, one that scientists are eager to check out. Since Titan has a thick enough atmosphere, it’s possible to explore the moon by plane rather than land rover, but the plan to send an unmanned plane to Titan has sadly been put off until at least 2020.
In addition to getting some awesome fucking photos of a giant storm raging across the face of Saturn, NASA’s Cassini probe also got audio of the event. Now I’ll tell you ahead of time that it’s not terribly impressive. It sounds just kind of like random static, but what you’re listening to is a whole shitload of lightning on a planet on the other side of the solar system, so that’s just cool enough as it is.