Dec. 12th, 2012

steorra: Jupiter's moon Europa (europa)
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Cassini spots mini Nile River on Saturn moon

Cassini's radar imaging of Titan has spotted evidence for a 400 km long river on Titan, with its mouth in a lake. Lakes and rivers on Titan are made of liquid methane/ethane, not water, which is frozen rock-like at Titan's temperatures. The riverbed-shaped structure is apparently full of liquid, not a dry empty riverbed, because it appears dark to the radar, indicating that it has a smooth surface.

I'm not sure why it's compared specifically to the Nile river.

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