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Planetary science: A 5-micron-bright spot on Titan: Evidence for surface diversity

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DOI: 10.1126/science.1117075

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Abstract

Observations from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer show an anomalously bright spot on Titan located at 80??W and 20??S. This area is bright in reflected tight at all observed wavelengths, but is most noticeable at 5 microns. The spot is associated with a surface albedo feature identified in images taken by the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem. We discuss various hypotheses about the source of the spot, reaching the conclusion that the spot is probably due to variation in surface composition, perhaps associated with recent geophysical phenomena.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Planetary science: A 5-micron-bright spot on Titan: Evidence for surface diversity
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.1117075
Volume
310
Issue:
5745
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
92
Last page:
95
Number of Pages:
4