Titan’s Dynamic Atmosphere

One of the highlights of the recent Cassini flyby of Titan was a detailed analysis of the moon’s atmosphere. New images reveal a complex atmosphere filled with distinct haze layers, each layer possibly composed of a different hydrocarbon.

During a previous flyby, Cassini snapped images of cloud formations near Titan’s south pole. Clouds over mid-latitude regions were captured in new images and suggest a complex weather system. Scientists hope to learn more about the composition of these clouds, their source, and the overall global weather pattern on Titan during the Cassini mission.

Richard Leis

Richard Leis

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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