One of the favorite topics of our news is about moon landing. So, on this day (on September 20, 1970) the Soviet Union's Luna 16 moon probe landed on the moon.
According to new studies the mystery of a giant cloud on Saturn’s largest moon Titan may now be solved. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft detected the cloud at Titan’s equator in September 2010. The cloud is huge, with each side running about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) long. Scientist Jonathan Mitchell at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues simulated the moon’s atmosphere with a three-dimensional global climate model. The enigma was likely caused by a massive wave rippling through the moon’s atmosphere. According to researchers these extraordinary cloud patterns can result in downpours with up to 20 times the average rainfall.
These could be key to shaping Titan’s surface by erosion, explaining the widespread presence of certain valleys.This discovery could help scientists better understand similar phenomena on Earth, especially in light of changing global climate.
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