Measure the depth of the Titan Lake

Astronomy Science ~ A new study shows that the Kraken Mare, the largest hydrocarbon sea on Titan, at least has a depth of 115 feet (35 mete...

Astronomy Science ~ A new study shows that the Kraken Mare, the largest hydrocarbon sea on Titan, at least has a depth of 115 feet (35 meters) and possibly much deeper. Radar measurements made by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on the east coast of Kraken Mare has a length of 25 miles (40 kilometers) revealed that depths ranging from 66-115 feet (20 to 35 m), the researchers said.

But Cassini only explore a small part of Kraken Mare (the area near the mouth of the river valley) and thus, perhaps this is not the depth of the most extreme depths in the sea. For example, a vehicle is observed Kraken Mare region along the 125-mile (200 km) but did not get any of most of the territory. He was just getting radar image on the coast.

"Scientists think that, for areas where Cassini does not observe radar echoes from the sea floor Kraken Mare, may be too deep to penetrate the radar beam," NASA officials said. "Altimetry data for the area around the Kraken Mare also showed a relatively steep slope into the sea, which also indicates that the Kraken Mare may be quite deep."

Kraken Mare is an area that is covered by methane and ethane (sea hydrocarbons) liquid near Titan's north pole. The sea stretches 154,000 square miles (400,000 sq km), about five times larger than Lake Superior in North America.

Radar data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed the depths of the sea of ​​liquid methane / ethane on Saturn's moon Titan.
Cassini took this latest depth measurement while close Titan flyby on Aug. 21. During that time, the vehicle was also observed two mysterious bright object in Kraken Mare which appears similar to a strange island-like features previously seen in Ligeia Mare (large marine other Titan). (Last year, Cassini radar measurements revealed that Ligeia Mare has a depth of about 560 feet or 170 m)

Cassini scientists do not know exactly what this island-like features, but they say that it might be a wave, bubble or some kind of floating debris. By having a diameter of about 3,250 miles (5,150 km), Titan 50% larger than the Earth's moon. Titan is the only object in the solar system have liquid on its surface. But it is a liquid hydrocarbon fluid (liquid methane and ethane). not like water on Earth.

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