Titan, or more commonly known the Saturn’s moon is a very unique object in our solar system. Seemingly, it has a lot in common with Earth and Venus, more than it has with other moons. Titan is defined by a very rocky surface and a highly thick atmosphere. The fabulous landscape from the moon unveils rivers and seas along with rainfall covering the moon’s surface. Saturn’s moon Titan atmosphere is highly similar to earth, reacting in ways that can only be observed on our mother planet.
A team of scientists has analyzed data gathered for a period of over seven years by the international Cassini probe, finding that the interactions between Titan’s atmosphere and the solar magnetic field and radiation are creating a wind of hydrocarbons and nitriles. These compounds are blown away from the Polar Regions into space.
Titan has been studied for a very long period of years, a lot more than any moon other than our planet’s, including numerous fly-bys. The wind on the Saturn’s moon is highly similar to the wind observed arriving from Earth’s Polar Regions.
It is highly interesting to discover that a large amount of celestial bodies are defined by similar properties with the ones we can find on the planet that hosts human life. However, unlike the Earth, Titan has no magnetic field but is instead surrounded by Saturn’s rapidly rotating magnetic field that forms a comet-like trail around the moon.
The Cassini Plasma Spectrometer showed some years ago that the top of Titan’s atmosphere is losing 7 tons of hydrocarbons and nitriles on a daily basis, but they didn’t know the exact reason why that was happening. Now, researchers have found that the cause of that may be the polar wind that is powered by the Sun’s interference with Titan’s upper atmosphere.
The electrical field that surrounds Titan is however strong enough to pull the hydrocarbon that is charged positively, along with the nitrile particles from the atmosphere throughout the sunlit portion of the atmosphere. This is the way the widespread polar wind gets set up, as scientists observed.
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