Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, and it’s the only known place other than our planet that has stable liquid on its surface. This liquid isn’t water. It’s far too cold on Titan for liquid water to exist. Instead, the lakes and seas on Titan’s surface are liquid hydrocarbons, mostly methane and ethane. The movie above is a colorized flyover made from images of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn and weaving among its moons since 2004. This video takes viewers over the two largest seas on Saturn’s moon Titan and nearby lakes. Enjoy your trip!
By the way, NASA has lots more to say about Titan and its lakes. Click here to learn more about Titan lakes from NASA JPL
Bottom line: Video flyover – made from Cassini images – of Titan’s lakes and seas.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.