Titan’s Many Layers
Cassini has found Titan’s upper atmosphere to consist of a surprising number of layers of haze as is shown in this ultraviolet image of Titan’s nightside limb, colorized to look like true color. The many fine haze layers extend several hundred kilometers above the surface. Although this is a nightside view, with only a thin crescent receiving direct sunlight, the haze layers are bright from light scattered through the atmosphere. About 12 distinct haze layers can be seen in this image, with a scale of 0.7 kilometers (.43 miles) per pixel. The limb shown here is at about 10 degrees S. latitude, in the equatorial region.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Titan’s Many Layers

Cassini has found Titan’s upper atmosphere to consist of a surprising number of layers of haze as is shown in this ultraviolet image of Titan’s nightside limb, colorized to look like true color. The many fine haze layers extend several hundred kilometers above the surface. Although this is a nightside view, with only a thin crescent receiving direct sunlight, the haze layers are bright from light scattered through the atmosphere. About 12 distinct haze layers can be seen in this image, with a scale of 0.7 kilometers (.43 miles) per pixel. The limb shown here is at about 10 degrees S. latitude, in the equatorial region.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


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