Scientists waited to see if they could pick up the reflection of the sun on the surface liquid and were rewarded with this extraordinary picture.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft photographed a flash of sunlight reflecting from a lake on Saturn’s moon Titan, confirming the presence of liquid hydrocarbons. It has long been theorized that Saturn’s largest moon hosts seas or lakes of liquid hydrocarbons — making it unique thus far among planets or moons. Titan is viewed as having many similarities with Earth. They also found fog, here.
It may have competition, however. Nature magazine is reporting that scientists have found a new Earth-like planet could be a “super Earth” about 42 light years away in another solar system. It is roughly 2.7 times larger than Earth and currently called GJ 1214b. Scientists believe it “is composed of about three-fourths water and other ices and one fourth-rock.” You may want to wait on the condo timeshare offers. The temperature is estimated at between 280 and 120 degrees Celsius (536 and 248 degrees Fahrenheit). For the Nature story, click here
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