Mysterious 200-mile-high 'vortex' boils up out of the clouds on Saturn's icy moon TitanBy Rob Waugh
(London Daily Mail Online)
| UPDATED: 05:36 EST, 11 July 2012
A 200-mile high pillar of cloud has boiled up out of the foggy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.
Nasa scientists are puzzling over the orbiting Cassini probe's images of the 'vortex' at the moon's south pole.
The find could offer an insight into the moon's mysterious atmosphere, where seasons last for seven years, and 300-foot dunes of frozen chemicals roll across the surface of the planet.
The formation seen at the pole is similar to ones seen over Earth's oceans, say Nasa team members.
Titan's colorful south polar vortex captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft before a distant flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on June 27, 2012, shows a south polar vortex, or a mass of swirling gas, around the pole in the atmosphere
It's not lunacy: Not-a-planet Pluto boasts 5 moons
NASA,File, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Pluto may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion.
Scientists announced Wednesday the discovery of the smallest moon yet around the icy orb, bringing the tally of known moons to five.
"We're not finished searching yet," said Hal Weaver of Johns Hopkins University, who thinks there may be more lurking.
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