The environment on Titan may be much more Earth-like than thought


It seems that Time is Titan, a Saturn Moon, may be more extreme and Earthlike than previously thought. Saturn’s largest moon is by itself a rather mysterious place, but the more we investigate it, the more surprises it seems to appear.

Not only is Titan the only celestial body beyond Earth that has a dense atmosphere rich in nitrogen, it also has methane on the surface, and clouds of methane present in the atmosphere, and the process by which the gases pass to become liquid and vice versa, is quite similar to the water cycle here on Earth.

Thanks to the Cassini-Huygems mission from NASA and ESA, which culminated in the middle of last month when the spacecraft entered Saturn’s atmosphere, we now have a lot more information about this Moon, and the latest discovery was the detection of methane storms , which although not a very common phenomenon, are quite intense when they occur.

The discovery is the result of the work of a team of UCLA geologists and planetary scientists, and is the result of some simulations and, in relation to the rainfall on Titan, to determine how much the weather events could reach, and how these would have affected the surface of the planet.

The conclusion was that intense methane storms affect Titan’s icy surface, in a manner similar to that of extreme storms here on Earth, affecting the rocky surface of Titan.

On our planet, intense storms play a very important role in the geological evolution of the planet, and when the storms are very intense, they create large flows of water that transport sediments to the lowlands, creating conical shaped structures known as alluvial fans .

The Cassini spacecraft detected similar structures on Saturn’s moon during its mission, and also detected vast sand dunes in the lower reaches of the moon, and the lakes and seas of methane in the higher areas, mainly in the north.