15 February 2011
Clouds across the moon…
Gavin Pretor-Pinney is not a name that will be familiar to millions but new released by NASA recently will almost certainly delight him.
Mr Proctor-Pinney is the founder of the wonderful group the Cloud Appreciation Society/ The news from NASA concerns the discovery of Cirrus-like clouds on Titan
According to Discoveryon The Cassini spacecraft has recorded thin, wispy clouds of ice particles on the Saturn moon, Titan, that are similar to cirrus clouds. The discovery was made using Cassini’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS).
“This is the first time we have been able to get details about these clouds. Previously, we had a lot of information about the gases in Titan’s atmosphere but not much about the [high-altitude] clouds,” said Robert Samuelson at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The discovery will, I’m sure, provide a valuable insight into the atmospheric cycles on Titan. Some day climate scientists will undertake research from Titan itself.
Me, I love the idea of that people will look up from an alien surface and see wispy earth-like clouds…