First photo of liquid on another world

Sun glints off a lake of methane on Titan
NASA image used with permission.

Sunlight reflects off a methane lake on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Holy wow. The lake is called Kraken Mare, and it’s in Titan’s northern hemisphere, which began to come back into daylight in August after 15 years of night. (This pic was taken July 8 by the Cassini spacecraft.) All this according to NASA’s release today. Haze on Titan scatters most light in the visible spectrum, so this is an infrared photo. And Titan is very cold. So Kraken Beach Cabanas aren’t going to be a resort spot for a while.

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