The GBT Helps Solve a Titan-ic Mystery



Titan has hundreds of lakes in its polar regions (shown in this radar image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft). Decades-old data once suggested lakes should be found at the equator instead.

USGS, ASI, JPL-Caltech/NASA
Titan has hundreds of lakes in its polar regions (shown in this radar image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft). Decades-old data once suggested lakes should be found at the equator instead. USGS, ASI, JPL-Caltech/NASA

How did the Green Bank Telescope help solve a mystery that has puzzled scientist for more than a decade? Working alongside the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, their combined observations have revealed that the bright patches on Saturn moon Titan are dry lake beds.

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