112. Titan’s Methane Storms

12 May

NASA - Riverbeds on across Titan's surface

Titan is the largest of Saturn’s moons and the second largest in the whole Solar System. It is very peculiar because unlike most moons, it has a thick atmosphere. It even has weather, just not as we know it.

When NASA sent out the Cassini-Huygens mission the above image was captured, what appeared to be dried riverbeds on the surface of Titan. That is exactly what they are. Infrequently they carry whatever falls out of the clouds or precipitates.

Also the whole moon is flammable.

There is very little water on Titan, instead it is extremely rich in Hydrocarbons; those being Methane and other flammable fluids made of Hydrogen and Carbon. These are what make up the atmosphere and the weather. When it rains, and it really does, the rain is Methane. Storms form out of clouds, all of which are Methane and other related chemicals.

It is in the bizarre state of having similar weather, but replacing it with the most flammable substances possible. A stray spark could set the whole moon on fire! Talk about a fire hazard.

In other odd weather news for the moon, its equator is a desert, there are dunes all across the equator, although they are probably flammable. We don’t know much about them except for that they are definitely not made of sand. Anyway, it is the poles of Titan which receive the weather, they have the rain and these riverbeds, all in the polar region of Xanadu.

The flammable moon with weather; the solar system is a bizarre place in which to dwell. I mean, who thought of a flammable moon? That’s just stupid.

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Trivia


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One response to “112. Titan’s Methane Storms

  1. Crabe

    April 27, 2014 at 12:00

    Not that flammable due to the lack of free oxidizing compound…
    Nevertheless an interesting article!


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