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Discovered: Titan's Magic Island

Ligeia Mare

Air Date: 07/08/2014
Run Time: 29:50

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Topics: Planetary Society Projects, Titan, Cosmos-1, Planetary Radio, Earth, Saturn's moons, radar imaging, Bill Nye

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Though we now peer through its obscuring haze with radar, Saturn’s big moon remains mysterious. Cornell grad student Jason Hofgartner reports on the discovery of what appears (and disappears!) to be an island on one of Titan’s frigid lakes. Casey Dreier sits in for Emily Lakdawalla, and invites listeners to an event on Capitol Hill in DC. Bill Nye reports on the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and the Planetary Society’s LightSail solar sail. Are those birds you hear in Bruce Betts’ What’s Up report?

Ligeia Mare

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell

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Ligeia Mare, the second largest sea on the Saturn moon Titan, sports its usual coastline in this image.
Ligeia Mare

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell

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A mysteriously bright object appears on Ligeia Mare.


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