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This blog collects supplemental data on lesser worlds of the solar system (like Pluto and Titan) that have not (yet) been included in our books. You may contribute to our blog with brief articles that we will on your request also translate for our monolingual audience. The only precondition: Your content must in some way relate to dwarf planets or large moons of the solar system.

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Mittwoch, 28. Dezember 2016

Titan: Pluto's big brother - The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft and the darkest moon of Saturn

My little Christmas present for myself: I have just released the English-language version of our non-fiction book on Saturn's moon Titan, the second installment in our series on lesser worlds of the solar system after "Pluto & Charon". 
Adding the subtitle "Pluto'sbig brother" was a late thought when I realised that the similarities between the two bodies are so distinct that they ought to be attributed to the same class of (dwarf) planets, of which I made a point in the book:
Plutonian worlds, besides Terrestrial and Jovian? For one thing, Pluto and Titan have the same density, the same materials (though some of them in different phases), and looking at Pluto helps a lot to understand Titan, too. And why do both of them have a desert belt made of  precipitated tholin, both with a major disruption: Sputnik Planum/Planitia vs. Xanadu? So, essentially, is Titan a bigger and warmer Pluto?
Look forward to our third installment that is already scheduled with a lecture in May.

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