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Sciency Awesomeness 12-13-2012

Alien Nile: River of Liquid Methane Seen on Saturn’s Moon Titan


Bad Astronomy

Posted Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at 8:00 AM ET.


A long river on Saturn’s moon Titan bears a striking resemblance to the Nile.
Image credit: NASA/JPL–Caltech/ASI

The amazing astronomy news keeps on coming!

This one is very cool: What appears to be a 400 kilometer

long (240 mile long) river of liquid has been found near

the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan!

You can see the river in the picture here,

which was taken in September 2012 by the Cassini spacecraft

orbiting Saturn. The image is so long I decided, what the heck,

I’ll let it run down the side of this entire article. The river appears

dark against the lighter background of Titan’s surface.

While this isn’t the first river network seen on Titan, it’s the longest,

and this is the highest-resolution image ever made of one.

Check out the full article and blog here.