Evidence for a polar ethane cloud on Titan

Caitlin Griffith, P. Penteado, P. Rannou, Robert H. Brown, V. Boudon, K. H. Baines, R. Clark, P. Drossart, B. Buratti, P. Nicholson, C. P. McKay, A. Coustenis, A. Negrao, R. Jaumann

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Spectra from Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer reveal the presence of a vast tropospheric cloud on Titan at latitudes 51° to 68° north and all longitudes observed (10° to 190° west). The derived characteristics indicate that this cloud is composed of ethane and forms as a result of stratospheric subsidence and the particularly cool conditions near the moon's north pole. Preferential condensation of ethane, perhaps as ice, at Titan's poles during the winters may partially explain the lack of liquid ethane oceans on Titan's surface at middle and lower latitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1620-1622
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume313
Issue number5793
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StatePublished - Sep 15 2006

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Griffith, C., Penteado, P., Rannou, P., Brown, R. H., Boudon, V., Baines, K. H., ... Jaumann, R. (2006). Evidence for a polar ethane cloud on Titan. Science, 313(5793), 1620-1622. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1128245

Evidence for a polar ethane cloud on Titan. / Griffith, Caitlin; Penteado, P.; Rannou, P.; Brown, Robert H.; Boudon, V.; Baines, K. H.; Clark, R.; Drossart, P.; Buratti, B.; Nicholson, P.; McKay, C. P.; Coustenis, A.; Negrao, A.; Jaumann, R.

In: Science, Vol. 313, No. 5793, 15.09.2006, p. 1620-1622.

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Griffith, C, Penteado, P, Rannou, P, Brown, RH, Boudon, V, Baines, KH, Clark, R, Drossart, P, Buratti, B, Nicholson, P, McKay, CP, Coustenis, A, Negrao, A & Jaumann, R 2006, 'Evidence for a polar ethane cloud on Titan', Science, vol. 313, no. 5793, pp. 1620-1622. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1128245
Griffith C, Penteado P, Rannou P, Brown RH, Boudon V, Baines KH et al. Evidence for a polar ethane cloud on Titan. Science. 2006 Sep 15;313(5793):1620-1622. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1128245
Griffith, Caitlin ; Penteado, P. ; Rannou, P. ; Brown, Robert H. ; Boudon, V. ; Baines, K. H. ; Clark, R. ; Drossart, P. ; Buratti, B. ; Nicholson, P. ; McKay, C. P. ; Coustenis, A. ; Negrao, A. ; Jaumann, R. / Evidence for a polar ethane cloud on Titan. In: Science. 2006 ; Vol. 313, No. 5793. pp. 1620-1622.
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