Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New Titan Image: Monitoring Fensal-Aztlan


CICLOPS has released this mosaic of the Fensal-Aztlan (formerly known as the "H") region on Titan. Fensal is the northern branch of the "H". Fensal has some subtle brightness variations and has quite a few bright spots, or "islands", dotting the region. Their distribution appears to be more scattered than similar sized bright spots in Shangri-la, west of Xanadu. There, the spots were clustered into several "archipelagoes" and aligned in a similar fashion, usually east-west. The spots in Fensal don't seem to have a prefered orientation. A few larger bright spots can be seen in Fensal, including Bazaruto Facula on its eastern end.

Aztlan, the southern branch of the H plus the dark region surrounding Elba Facula to the east (not in this particular crop), has far fewer smaller islands, but does have several large islands, including Sotra Facula, a 240 by 120 km sized bright feature just right of center in the lower left frame, and Coats Facula, a smaller island to the east of Sotra.

This mosaic is just 4 frames within a larger, 20-frame mosaic to be released later. This mosaic was taken during last week's T7 encounter.

15 Comments:

Blogger R. Nunes said...

Hi,

Is it my eyes or does the dark spot to the right on the top image of the mosaic look as if it is "venting" something?

It looks as a column/deposits of dark material running northeast from the dark spot.

9/13/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Gordan said...

I was compelled to think about outgassing as well when I first saw the images of the area. It seems, however, that it's a pretty permanent feature, most likely a gradual change in albedo, maybe windblown surface organics?

9/14/2005 02:50:00 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I am actually working on those two features for a paper :-)

9/14/2005 10:31:00 AM  
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