Drizzly Mornings on Xanadu

VLT and Keck near-infrared images of Titan's surface and lower troposphere can be subtracted to reveal widespread cirrus-like clouds of frozen methane (lower images) and a large patch of liquid methane (dark area within box) interpreted as clouds and morning drizzle above the huge continent of Xanadu (outline). At left is a chart of Titan's aerosol haze versus altitude, indicating higher density haze over portions of the south pole and the heights of frozen and liquid methane clouds.

Credit:

ESO, Máté Ádámkovics/UC Berkeley

About the Image

Id:eso0747a
Type:Chart
Release date:11 October 2007
Related releases:eso0747
Size:2022 x 1348 px

About the Object

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

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