There is Waves in The Titan's Ocean

Astronomy Science ~ More and more evidence suggests that there is a surge / waves in the sea of ​​Saturn's moon, Titan. It is based on ...

Astronomy Science ~ More and more evidence suggests that there is a surge / waves in the sea of ​​Saturn's moon, Titan. It is based on the reading of data from NASA's Cassini in orbit around the giant gas planet Saturn and its moons.

If confirmed, this would make the Titan even more like Earth than previously thought, with a surprisingly active weather system. Evidence of the existence of these waves was reported by scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this week, it was reported by Eric Hand of Science Magazine.

When Cassini passes close to Titan in the last six months, he saw that three separate sea on Titan may have waves on its surface. By using radar from Cassini, scientists can even estimate the size of this wave - about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) - with a speed of only 2.3 feet (0.7 meters) per second.

Illustration of Titan's hydrocarbon seas, Saturn's moon
These waves are not on the objects 'watery' like on Earth, but in lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbons - mostly made up of methane. This fluid is much more viscous than water on Earth, almost like tar, so they tend to move much less than the oceans and lakes on Earth.

But apart from that, every ripple on the surface - most likely the wave - to be caused by the wind, like on Earth. Spotting waves on the surface indicate the active windy environment on Titan. "For me, it's exciting," said NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan. "He said that Titan is a dynamic place."

Other results from the Cassini also revealed the depth of some of the great oceans. For example Kraken Mare, a sea of ​​carbon is thought to have a depth of about 525 feet (160 meters) which, while Ligeia Mare has reached a depth of 655 feet (200 meters). Read: Measure the depth of the Largest Marine of Titan

In addition, some estimates suggest that Ligeia Mare can contain 55 times the oil reserves. Because the radar is able to bounce off the seabed, it shows that they are transparent and made mostly of methane, about 90 percent, compared to ethane. This evidence is also an encouragement for them to think that Titan has some form of change of seasons.

This is further evidenced last month when scientists use a wind tunnel on Earth to explain the appearance of dunes on Titan. Read: Giant Sand Hill in Titan Formed By Strong Wind

Based on the research, they estimated that there are winds on Titan, and they increase the speed by 50 percent on some rare occasions. This can occur when the part was tilted toward the sun, while causing increased light winds appear more toned.

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There is Waves in The Titan's Ocean
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