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New Images Show Saturn's Moon Titan in Incredible Detail

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Ronald Breau
Jul 25, 2018 18:30
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Our limited human eyesight can really constrain our understanding of the universe.

We can see only a thin swath of light’s wavelengths, those waves with peaks 390 to 700 nanometres from crest to crest.

This means we miss any light-emitting details coming from other wavelengths, such as from radio and microwave light, as well as infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray.

Scientists have released new views of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, taken by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument on the decommissioned Cassini spacecraft.

They represent lots of data that has been combined and smoothed out, and they show a clear view of what the moon looks like under its dense atmosphere.

The centre, yellow image shows how Titan would look to human eyes.

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