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Clear Skies on Titan

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Clear Skies on Titan
"While seeing the Sun would be possible from Titan's surface, Saturn would be difficult to see during the day on Titan, when sunlight scattered in the atmosphere would be brighter than the planet. Saturn would be easier to see during the Titan night from near the equator, and best when it is high overhead. This piece shows Saturn in the sky for aesthetic appeal."

Joe Bergeron   © 1999
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Alliance Member Comments
rulesfor (Nov 20, 2009 at 1:14 PM):
This description makes it sound like there are certain times and places on Titan where Saturn would be visible through the clouds. Can someone on CICLOPS confirm this? I've been wondering since most images of Titan's surface that I come across show Saturn in the sky, and it seemed very unlikely to me. It would definitely be awesome if true, though!
Jim (Feb 14, 2007 at 6:06 PM):
This type of painting must have inspired the SCI-FI movies like "Pitch Black"