Apr 21, 2019 | Updated: 07:00 AM EDT

Saturn's Moon Titan's Magic Islands Wasn't Magic At All But Bubbles

Apr 19, 2017 10:50 AM EDT

Saturn's Moon Titan's Magic Islands
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The Saturn's moon Titan's Magic Islands were found not magic at all. Astronomers found out that those were not islands but bubbles.

The mysterious in and out magic islands on the sea of Saturn's moon Titan were found out to be streams of bubbles. Space reported that the first thought as magic islands was comprised of up to more than an inch wide bubbles after astronomers discovered its mystery.

Titan is the biggest moon of Saturn and is noted bigger than the planet Mercury, and this fact will complicate future missions of exploration when the bubbles are still present. At the same time, Titan is the only extraterrestrial body that is known to support liquid on its surface. Those liquids consist of lakes and seas that are made up of methane, ethane, and nitrogen.

According to The Christian Science Monitor, the Titan's magic islands appear in some photos of NASA Cassini probe but disappear in others. However, the mechanism why the bubbles occur is not yet known for there are no laboratory tests conducted. But then, the magic islands are believed not alien creatures or a spacecraft.

Meanwhile, researchers from the Jet Propulsion Lab or JPL in Pasadena, California found out a possible reason for the appearance of the bubbles. They believe that it was the Titan's lake surface which forms the magic islands for it is conducive to a lot of nitrogen bubbles. The findings revealed that the Saturn's moon Titan's surface fluids are mixtures of methane, while deeper are ethane that goes nitrogen-rich due to the Titan's atmosphere.

Researcher Dr. Michael Malaska clearly stated, "Our experiments showed that when methane-rich liquids mix with ethane-rich ones, the nitrogen is less able to stay in solution." Dr. Malaska further said that as the surface cool, it absorbs more of the gas, while when it gets warm and then liquid's capacity gets reduced or exhaled, thus creating the bubbles known as the Titan's magic islands.

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