Map of Titan's Surface Features

Map of Titan's surface features. It was obtained through a "transparent", narrow spectral window with the 8.2-m VLT YEPUN telescope and the NACO adaptive optics instrument operated in the Simultaneous Differential Imager (SDI) mode. It covers about three-quarters of the full surface and has an image resolution (sharpness) of 0.06 arcsec, corresponding to 360 km on the surface. One degree of longitude on the equator corresponds to 45 km on Titan's surface. The brightness is proportional to the surface reflectivity. The nature of the various regions is still unknown although it is speculated that the darkest areas may indicate the extent of reservoirs of liquid hydrocarbons.

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ESO

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About the Image

Id:eso0412a
Type:Observation
Release date:14 April 2004
Related releases:eso0412
Size:1920 x 960 px

About the Object

Name:Titan
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Satellite : Feature : Surface
• X - Solar System

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Infrared
Near-IR
1.575 μm Very Large Telescope
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