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May is Ideal for Observing Mercury.
May 16, 2001
What is Titan Made of?
May is Ideal for Observing Mercury
WHAT IS Titan MADE OF?
New images taken by with the adaptive optics system at the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope (CFHT) have provided some new insights into Titan. Saturn's largest moon, Titan is very interesting to scientists because its environment is similar to the Earth's early history; a dangerous atmospheric soup of methane and nitrogen. Although the surface of the planet is usually shrouded by this atmosphere, the scientists were able to peek through windows at the clouds to create some rough images of the surface. The Huygens probe, currently travelling with the Cassini spacecraft, will land on the surface of Titan in 2004, and will provide scientists with even more information about the moon.
MAY IS IDEAL FOR OBSERVING MERCURY
During the month of May, skywatchers will get a rare opportunity to see the planet Mercury, so close to our Sun, it's usually obscured in the blinding glare. For the next couple of weeks, though, skywatchers with a clear Western horizon will be able to see the planet just after sunset, very close to the planet Jupiter. If you're having trouble seeing it with the naked eye, use a pair of low-power binoculars and scan the sky nearby bright Jupiter.
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