Titan’s Tropical Methane Lakes
One of the more exciting discoveries of the Cassini probe, which has been exploring Saturn and its moons since 2004, is the recent discovery of methane lakes at Titan’s equator.
The equator of Titan is a desert. While Titan is the only body in the solar system that has a rain cycle, that cycle happens closer to the poles. That means that, essentially, lakes on Titan’s equator shouldn’t exist: it’s liquid methane, which evaporates quickly, and should migrate straight to the poles.
So what does this mean, if those lakes really are there?
That vast oceans of methane are under Titan’s surface, giving life more places to evolve and take hold.
True, it won’t be complicated life, but it might be there.
As we explore the universe, the odds we find alien life become higher and higher. More importantly, though, our understanding of the universe increases. That’s why the search for life is so important: even if we don’t find it, what we learn in the process is invaluable.