Titanic Lake: PHOTO


NASA has just released this gorgeous photo of Saturn's largest moon Titan and its massive lake, Kraken Mare, which is the dark spot at the top of the image and is thought to be about the size of the Caspian Sea:

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 14, 2011 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 26 degrees. Image scale is 7 miles (12 kilometers) per pixel.

Kraken Mare was named after the legendary sea monster, the Kraken, which it may or may not contain.

Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:35pm ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Space