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The surface of Titan is a frigid flatland that has a temperature of minus 180 C (292 F)

According to scientists, Saturn's moon Titan a dozen lakes that are most likely made up of methane.  Researchers speculate that the lakes are the cause of obscuring smog in Titan's atmosphere.  The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft took the radar images of Titan's high latitudes while conducting a fly-by of the moon recently.  The liquid that fills the lakes is most likely a type of liquid hydrocarbon -- methane being the most likely natural gas.  Some of the lakes are connected by channels -- other lakes have rivers that flow into them.  Smooth, black areas that are considered ovoid features are said to be lakes, but has yet to be confirmed.  Besides Earth, Titan is the only other body in the solar system that has lakes.  According to a PRNewswire:

"What we see is darker than anything we've ever seen elsewhere on Titan. It was almost as though someone laid a bull's-eye around the whole north pole of Titan, and Cassini sees these regions of lakes just like those we see on Earth," said Larry Soderblom, Cassini interdisciplinary scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Ariz. "Titan has turned out to be like a musical crescendo -- each pass is more exciting than the last."

NASA's Cassini spacecraft last year found a liquid hydrocarbon lake located at Titan's south pole, but this is the first time multiple lakes had been found.  It is difficult to properly study the moon because of its smoggy atmosphere.




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