It's drizzling over Xanadu
(last updated 12 October 2007)

Methane clouds and rain

There are a number of recent stories in the news about the drizzle on Titan, and I'll try to compile a set of good links. But for now, you can find a high-resolution version of our press image here and will have to settel for a google search of "Titan drizzle".

Press Release Image -- 11 October 2007
Drizzle over Xanadu, and global methane cirrus

Some links to press coverage:

Reuters
National Geographic News
CNN
Space.com

Old News: Check out our press release from a while back.

Spectroscopy of Titan

Titan's atmosphere and surface can be studied using near-infrared spectroscopy. A very general description of this topic is below, including some of the most recent results from throughout the community. For more details, please take a look at the publications that I have lead or contributed to. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

from Cassini/ISS map

Image of Saturn on aperture plate while acquiring spectra

The image of Saturn (above) was acquired using the guider camera on the Shane 3-meter telescope at Lick Observatory. The camera is imaging the light that is reflected off of a shiny metal plate with a rectangular opening, or aperture, that leads into the Hamilton Spectrometer. At the time we were using the aperture that's near Tethys in the image. Although we were taking spectra of Titan, which was out of the guider camera's field of view, roughly where the spinning animation is.

The animation of Titan (top right) was created using a surface albedo map of Titan that was assembled together by the Cassini Imaging Team. This type of reprojection is useful for comparing ground-based observations.

  Máté Ádámkovics
Postdoctoral Researcher
Astronomy Department
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720


mate@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-6111


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