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[Ars] Subsurface ocean may explain Titan's orbital wobbles

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The story may sound familiar, because it's not the first time we've covered this possibility. Back in 2008, scientists used data from Cassini to show that some features on Titan's surface ended up 30km away from where we'd expect them to be based on the moon's rotation alone. One possible explanation for this is that Titan's surface is actually rotating slightly out of sync with its core, which implies some sort of fluid must exist between the two.
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interesting.....space probe time?
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We've needed to give Titan some good attention with a drill for a very long time. Maybe now we finally can find the excuse to. Of course, that fluid could be a lot of different things, not necessarily water, but still there is hope :3
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No, first get everyone's hopes up, assume there are alien's causing this, then space probe time
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I blame subspace flux.
     
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Very interesting.
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Unfortunately, the range of values that is compatible with the observed behavior is rather large, as the ocean could be anywhere from five to 425 kilometers thick, so we're not necessarily closer to knowing what might be under Titan's unusual surface.
So close! At least we now know the ocean may be either as deep as the distance from my house to the nearest gas station or larger than the distance traveled to cross the state of Ohio.
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Well, at least there is an ocean I suppose...

It could imply a molten core which would be a good start.
    
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Originally Posted by darthjoe229 View Post
We've needed to give Titan some good attention with a drill for a very long time. Maybe now we finally can find the excuse to. Of course, that fluid could be a lot of different things, not necessarily water, but still there is hope :3


Liquid hot mag-ma?
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hey now hey can study time itself again woohoo!
 
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