Scientists were trying to solve the mystery of odd bright patches on the Saturn’s moon for a decade. At last, we have found what it is.
According to the scientists, the observed patches on the Saturn’s Moon Titan are likely to be dried-up hydrocarbon lake beds. This has made the scintists more curious about the aliens.
The big radio telescopes at Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia and Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico observed almost a dozen of bright regions on an area of 3200 miles on the Titan. This observation took place between 2000 and 2008.
Jason Hofgartner, the lead author of this study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, California, said, “At the time, the patches were viewed as likely evidence of lakes or seas on Titan, which was widely expected to harbour such bodies.”
Hofgartner and his team decided to dig deeper and find it out.
Hofgartner says, “The preponderance of the evidence all seems to be consistent with that. My personal suspicion is, there’s going to be a little bit of both at play here.”
The latest results that Hofgartner and his team has found out can turn to be useful for the planetary scientists, astrobiologists and researchers characterizing potentially habitable environments.
Data of the Arecibo, Cassini and Green bank indicates that tose bright patches are not sufficient to withdraw a conclusion i.e. to establish the presence of dry lakes or seas.
Hofgartner also says, “It’s telling us that we need to make sure we’re really careful.”
“I think this just speaks to how wonderful a mission Cassini was,” Hofgartner said. “There’s still lots of work to be done analyzing Cassini data, and I think there are amazing discoveries just waiting to be found in that data set.”