Saturn Moon Titan May Hide Underground Ocean

28 June 2012 Charles Choi The best evidence yet for a liquid ocean buried under the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan has been found, scientists report. New observations show that Titan warps during the gravitational tides it experiences, suggesting an…

28 June 2012

Charles Choi

The best evidence yet for a liquid ocean buried under the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan has been found, scientists report.

New observations show that Titan warps during the gravitational tides it experiences, suggesting an ocean sloshes under its outer shell. This ocean has long been theorized but never confirmed.

Titan is the biggest of the more than 60 known moons orbiting Saturn, and is larger than the planet Mercury. Scientists have long suspected that an ocean might lurk under Titan’s surface, as well as under Jupiter’s moons Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. Previous observations have shown that the entire surface of Titan appears to besliding around like cheese over tomato sauce on a pizza.

 

Space.com