Titan's many layers

Titan's many layers

17 December 2004

The NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft has found Titan's upper atmosphere to consist of a surprising number of layers of haze.

This ultraviolet image of Titan's night-side limb, colourised to look like true colour, shows the many fine haze layers extending several hundred kilometres above the surface.

Although this is a night-side view, with only a thin crescent receiving direct sunlight, the haze layers are bright from light scattered through the atmosphere.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a co-operative project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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