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An artificial meteor on Titan?

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Ralph D Lorenz contemplates the astronomical observability of the entry of the Huygens Probe into the atmosphere of Titan – sound forensic astronomy and very good for public interest. Abstract

The combination of ever-improving astronomical instrumentation and the peculiar aerothermochemistry of Titan's methane-rich nitrogen atmosphere may be such as to make it possible to detect directly from Earth the “meteor trail” created by the entry of the ESA Huygens probe into Titan in 2005. Such observations will be of enormous public interest, confirming the arrival of Huygens at its destination.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2002-10-01

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