Its raining methane in Xanadu on Titan

November 14th, 2007 - 2:07 am ICT by admin  

In most of the Keck and VLT images, liquid methane clouds and drizzle appear at the morning edge of Titan, the arc of the moon that has just rotated into the light of the Sun.

“Titan’s topography could be causing this drizzle. The rain could be caused by processes similar to those on Earth: moisture laden clouds pushed upslope by winds condense to form a coastal rain,” said Imke de Pater, member of the team that made the discovery.

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