SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Titanic Storm, Nanoflares, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Titanic Storm, Nanoflares, More
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August 12, 2009--Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, glow in candy colors in a newly released infrared picture taken using the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.

Gemini recently partnered with a NASA telescope also on Mauna Kea to peer closer at Titan, revealing a serious storm brewing over the cold, arid region around the moon's equator. During a three-week period, the observatories saw clouds grow to cover about one million square miles (three million square kilometers) over Titan's midsection. Such storms could help explain surface features in Titan's deserts that appear to have been carved by flowing liquid.
— Image courtesy Gemini Observatory/AURA/Henry Roe, Lowell Observatory/Emily Schaller, Insitute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
 
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