Evidence For Waves On The Lakes of Titan

Evidence For Waves On The Lakes of Titan

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Imagine going surfing on waves of liquid propane, methane and ethane on a distant moon orbiting Saturn. The Lakes of Titan have been known about for a while when Voyager suggested there existence. This was confirmed by Hubble in 1995. Until now the lakes have seemed very calm but recently one of the larger lakes, named Punga Mare has demonstrated what could be waves from the specular reflections of the lake. Don’t get too excited and pack your bermuda shorts, the waves are estimated to be about 2cm high!

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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Jason W. Barnes et al.

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