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Clouds over Titan's south pole; organonitrogen haze; hydrocarbon haze; tholin; smog; anti-greenhouse effect - Space Art Illustration

Clouds over Titan's south pole

In October 2004 the Cassini orbiter revealed for the first time what may be highly reflective (in the infrared at least) methane clouds over Titan's south pole. This image suggests how those clouds may appear from within the cloud deck itself. The Sun is visible immediately above, though from this great distance the Sun appears to be only 1/10th its diameter from Earth. 


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