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Cassini discovers new ice cloud storm above Saturn’s Titan

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently released images of Saturn’s moon Titan captured by the Cassini spacecraft, which clearly shows a huge cloud of ice storm approximately 200 KMS above the surface of the satellite.storm-on-saturn-moon-titan

In the past, Cassini Spacecraft had also snapped an image of a huge cloud of ICE approximately 186 KMS above one of Saturn’s Moon, Titan. Cassini is a joint venture of NASA, European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ISA). The image clearly shows that the ice cloud recently found hovering above Saturn’s moon is way bigger in size compared to the last one seen in the year 2012.

Cassini has been keeping a track of the transformation of Autumn to Winter transition on the Saturn’s Moon, Titan, while positioning itself along the Southern Pole of the satellite.

According to the statement of Dr. Carrie Anderson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, “That cloud has proven to be only the tip of an extensive ice cloud system contained in Titan’s south polar stratosphere, as seen through the night-vision goggles of CIRS”.

According to the reports, the temperature of the ice clouds seen along the skies of Titan could very well have a temperature of -238 Fahrenheit. Reports also suggest that these ICE clouds are pretty much like the fog that we have on planet Earth during the winters. The ice clouds are a part of the atmosphere and they are very much affected by the movement of the satellite.

The new cloud spans approximately about 5 degrees in latitude corresponding to an approximate area of 240 KMS. Cassini is all set to study Titan, whose atmosphere basically compromises of Nitrogen, till the end of 2017.

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Amey Godbole is a Senior Research Analyst working with Credence Research since its inception. He has an experience of market research in the fields of E-commerce, Information Technology (IT) Services & Solutions and Electronics segments. Amey has completed B.E. with specialization in Electronics & Telecommunication from University of Mumbai and MBA in Marketing.

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