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NEWS: Bright Spot on Saturn Moon Titan has Scientists Perplexed

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posted on May, 30 2005 @ 11:20 AM
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The Cassini spacecraft revealed a large bright spot on Titan as it passed Saturn's largest moon four times since late last year. Each pass has recorded the eerie glowing spot which is nearly 500 kilometers wide. Researchers say that the bright spot could be a reflection from some unusual material on the moon.
 



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A large bright spot on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has scientists and astronomers perplexed.

The international Cassini spacecraft has flown by Titan four times since December, and on each pass its imaging equipment - spectrometers and cameras - has recorded a bright, semicircular area on the moon's surface up to 550 kilometers wide.

The spot is the brightest area ever observed on Titan. Scientists think it might be a "hot spot" - possibly caused by a recent asteroid impact, or evidence that Titan has a warm interior. Others say the spot could be a reflection from some unusual material on the moon's surface, or a large mass of clouds.



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On July 2, Cassini will pass by the Saturn moon and will monitor the eerie glow from Titan which will reveal if heat is emanating from the mysterious area.




posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 12:29 AM
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Heh. I have a strong imagination so is there any chance this could be a small city?



posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 12:32 AM
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Probably a bug that got into their film studio and landed right on the lens, between the camera and the model, left over set props from Carl Segan's Cosmos Series.



posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 02:45 PM
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In an effort to get in on the inter-galactic entertainment field, It's the newest Steve Wynn resort lighting up the Titan skies.



posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 02:57 PM
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I vote asteroid. Then again, on the 2nd of July we'll know if the signature is correct for an asteroid impact.




 
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