Titan as viewed by Cassini. Darker patches are lake regions. Image credit: NASA/JPL

Titan as viewed by Cassini. Darker patches are lake regions. Image credit: NASA/JPL

Good morning, Earthlings!

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has very interesting lake regions near the poles. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and the Arkansas Space Center are working hard to figure out something extraordinary about these frozen lakes- these lakes are "alive" with bubbles!

These lake bubbles are actually pockets of nitrogen within a methane slurry of other compounds that would burst and fizz once exposed to the lake's surface! Some questions are still to be determined:

1- how big are the bubbles? (this is ongoing currently as the laboratories are suspecting nano to millimeter sized bubbles building up

2- how deep do the bubbles form?

3- how viscous are the lakes to make the bubbles travel?

4- and are the bubbles influenced by the seasons? (yes, Titan experiences lake-effect seasons!)

Here's a really cool video from the JPL Titan Group!

Guess the laboratories have a lot to look forward to!

Thank you for reading and come back next week for a look at some beautiful RSLs!