Researchers found that Titan’s largest sea is not only 1000-ft deep near its centre but also nearly the size of all five Great Lakes combined.
Astronomers have estimated Kraken Mare, the largest sea on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, to be at least 1,000 feet deep near its center.
Kraken Mare is a huge body of liquid ethane and methane near Titan’s North Pole. The sea covers 154,000 square miles.
In the study, researchers said that “astronomers have estimated that sea to be at least 1,000-feet deep near its center – enough room for a potential robotic submarine to explore.”
“Beyond deep, Kraken Mare also is immense nearly the size of all five Great Lakes combined. Titan represents a model environment of a possible atmosphere of early Earth,” Valerio Poggiali of Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CCAPS), was quoted as saying by Tech Explorist.
“To understand the depth and composition of Kraken Mare and the Moray Sinus is important because this enables a more precise assessment of Titan’s methane hydrology. Still, we have to solve many mysteries.”
Moray Sinus is an estuary located at the sea’s northern end.
“In the distant future, a submarine likely without a mechanical engine will visit and cruise Kraken Mare.”
The researchers added” “Thanks to our measurements, scientists can now infer the density of the liquid with higher precision, and consequently better calibrate the sonar aboard the vessel and understand the sea’s directional flows.”
Source: India Today