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Cassini Halloween Treat: Titan Glows in the Dark

31/10/2012

Cassini Halloween Treat: Titan Glows in the Dark

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • A literal shot in the dark by imaging cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has yielded an image of a visible glow from Titan, emanating not just from the top of Titan's atmosphere, but also – surprisingly – from deep in the atmosphere through the moon's haze. A person in a balloon in Titan's haze layer wouldn't see the glow because it's too faint – something like a millionth of a watt. Scientists were able to detect it with Cassini because the spacecraft's cameras are able to take long-exposure images.

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