Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Porn of the Day: Storm on Saturn's Moon Titan

Just popping in for a second before heading off to the CSSF Intensive Institute (novels this year - 25 of 'em!) to share a bit of Astro Porn on this poorly neglected LJ. Check out the wondrousness:

Click the image to see the NASA page for more info.

New photos from the Cassini spacecraft show high-altitude haze and a vortex materializing at the south pole, signaling a change of seasons on Titan. "The structure inside the vortex is reminiscent of the open cellular convection that is often seen over Earth's oceans," said Cassini team member Tony Del Genio. "But unlike on Earth, where such layers are just above the surface, this one is at very high altitude, maybe a response of Titan's stratosphere to seasonal cooling as southern winter approaches."

Just think: We have but to spend a few seconds on the NASA website to come up with wonders like this on any given day.

Have I mentioned that I love living in The Space Age? This is the future I dreamed of as a kid, except that more people need to be Out There doing the exploration, too.

Tags: astronomy, the space age

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