Surface of Titan

Surface of Titan

. The obscuring haze in Titanís atmosphere is transparent enough at some infrared wavelengths to allow rough mapping of its surface. Dark and bright surface features are seen in these infrared images, taken from the Hubble Space Telescope at wavelengths near a millionth, or 10-6, of a meter as Titan circled Saturn in its 16-day orbit. The bight area is about 4 million meters across, roughly the size of Australia, suggesting that Titan has regions that are elevated above its possible oceans, but it is not certain what the landforms represent. (Courtesy of NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University