Researchers with NASA have spotted a “noxious ice cloud” on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
The cloud, invisible to the human eye, was detected with infrared wavelengths from the Cassini spacecraft, which is exploring Saturn and its moons.
“This cloud represents a new chemical formula of ice in Titan’s atmosphere,” said Carrie Anderson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
“What’s interesting is that this noxious ice is made of two molecules that condensed together out of a rich mixture of gases at the south pole.”
The new cloud has a distinctive and very strong chemical signature.
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