Dust Storm on the Surface of Titan

So with all the talk that has been happening on Facebook, Twitter and the elsewhere, regarding that ridiculously erroneous ESA/JPL image of a dust storm on Titan, I’ve decided to make my own. This is much more how I imagine Titan to look. I am still not convinced Saturn should be visible, but it’s here anyway to show people where they are. I’ve exaggerated the colours and brightness. In reality, Titan is very dim. And we all know how dull the Earth looks, with all its otherwise amazing colours, on a crappy day. Those lakes are not water, and neither is the rain. It’s liquid hydrocarbons. On Titan, water ice, though abundant, is literally as hard as rock – you’d need power tools to break bits of it off.

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Mark Garlick

I specialise in images of space and astronomy, earth sciences, dinosaurs and science fiction, and work mostly in the publication industry (e.g. books and magazines). I also do scientifically accurate astronomical animations created with 3DS Max. See my YouTube channel. I have written six books to date, most of which I also illustrated. I have also written numerous articles for various magazines and newspapers. IAAA I am an elected fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), which strives to popularise the genre of space art.

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