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Spotting dust storms on Titan

Spotting dust storms on Titan

Date: 24 September 2018
Satellite: Cassini
Depicts: Titan
Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University Paris Diderot/IPGP/S. Rodriguez et al. 2018

This animation based on images captured by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on the international Cassini mission during several Titan flybys in 2009 and 2010 shows clear bright spots appearing close to the equator around the equinox that are interpreted as evidence for dust storms. The brightenings were only visible for a short period of time – between 11 hours to five Earth weeks – and cannot be seen in previous or subsequent images.

More information: Dust storms on Titan spotted by Cassini for the first time

Last Update: 1 September 2019
19-May-2024 11:29 UT

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