Send in the clouds... Floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes, wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.
Clouds like these disappeared from Titan's (3,200 miles or 5,150 kilometers across) northern reaches for several years (from about 2010 to 2014). Now they have returned, but in far smaller numbers than expected. Since clouds can quickly appear and disappear, Cassini scientists regularly monitor the large moon, in the hopes of observing cloud activity. They are especially interested in comparing these observations to predictions of how cloud cover should change with Saturn’s seasons. Titan’s clear skies are not what researchers expected.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
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