The Colors of Titan’s Sky

Color-composite image of backlit Titan. (NASA/JPL/SSI/J.Major)

Made from one of the most recent Cassini images, this is a color-composite showing a backlit Titan with its dense, multi-layered atmosphere scattering sunlight in different colors. Titan’s atmosphere is made up of methane and complex hydrocarbons and is ten times as thick as Earth’s. It is the only moon in our solar system known to have a substantial atmosphere.

Titan’s high-level hydrocarbon haze is nicely visible as a pale blue band encircling the moon.

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2 Comments

  1. John J. Benitez says:

    Spectacular work. So beautiful. A composite like this that attempts to show us what we would see with our eyes is breathtaking.

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    1. J. Major says:

      Thank you! I agree, it’s always nice to see true color views.

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