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Astronomers discover signs of waves on Titan


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 03:02 PM

Saturn's enigmatic moon Titan could be home to the first known ocean waves outside of the Earth.

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While on our own planet we have lakes, oceans and rain made of liquid water, on Titan these same features exist but are instead made of liquid methane, ethane and other hydrocarbons due to the moon's thick atmosphere and freezing temperatures.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 04:32 PM

Are there anymore ships in the works to go to  3=>>>  Titian,

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 05:51 PM

Wonder what's swimming around there.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:37 PM

If life is on Titan, I wonder what it would be based on.  We're based on carbon, so maybe Silicon?


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:27 PM

Surfs up, but don't forget your wet suit. Liquid methane is a bit chilly.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:41 PM

I can't see anyone wanting to swim in it. Look for things more interesting like martian pooh  and traffic wardens.
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Posted 18 March 2014 - 08:52 PM

Cowabunga, dude!


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 09:30 PM

That's incredible.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:45 AM

I wonder would this planet be suitable for habitation if it was terraformed and transported to an stable orbit near Earth... Image making it orbit around Earth like the Moon but with rotation, but it is habitable unlike the moon. That would be an awesome sight.


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 02:12 AM

View PostUncle Sam, on 19 March 2014 - 03:45 AM, said:

I wonder would this planet be suitable for habitation if it was terraformed and transported to an stable orbit near Earth... Image making it orbit around Earth like the Moon but with rotation, but it is habitable unlike the moon. That would be an awesome sight.

It would likely explode. As it moves to earths orbit around the sun, it would be warmed significantly from the several hundred degrees below zero currently. The hydrocarbon lakes would sublimate into gas and the atmosphere would just take a spark to explode. Whatever rocks and ice that hold it together would also loosen and it would fly apart.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 02:37 AM

View Postninjadude, on 20 March 2014 - 02:12 AM, said:



It would likely explode. As it moves to earths orbit around the sun, it would be warmed significantly from the several hundred degrees below zero currently. The hydrocarbon lakes would sublimate into gas and the atmosphere would just take a spark to explode. Whatever rocks and ice that hold it together would also loosen and it would fly apart.
This is total and utter nonsense.

Methane and ethane will only burn in the presence of oxygen. As there is no oxygen in the atmosphere of Titan you can warm it up as much as you like and it won't burn, never mind explode.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 02:43 AM

View Postpaperdyer, on 18 March 2014 - 07:37 PM, said:

If life is on Titan, I wonder what it would be based on.  We're based on carbon, so maybe Silicon?
Why silicon when Titan has oceans of hydrocarbons?

Silicon based life is a great staple of science fiction, but it not very likely. Silicon simply does not form the complex molecules that carbon does and such complex molecules are needed for life.

Life of any kind is unlikely on Titan because of the extremely low temperatures. The colder the temperature the slower the chemical reaction. At the sort of temperatures found on Titan the sort of chemical reactions for any sort of life we would recognise (carbon or silicon based) would simply be too slow.

There are far better places to look for life in the solar system than Titan.

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 01:53 PM

There is much more  regular peeps don't know about Titan. It is the only satellite and celestial body having a dense atmosphere as earth with primordial earth like conditions before life.   It is well known that Titan's surface is covered  by water, ice and rock so the waves could be liquid water as well.
http://en.wikipedia....iki/Titan_(moon)
If i want to find life in our solar system, i surely go on titan first then on mars.
Here is how it looks like from out of space. Very much similar to earth.

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