You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Titan’s Polar Vortex


Only a true lover of planetary exploration can get excited about an image like this. Titan is definitely one of the most exciting places in the solar system despite it’s almost total lack of discernible details either surface or in cloud structure. So like Uranus and Venus most images of these locales look something like smooth monochromatic tennis balls without the white lines.

Titan’s polar vortex in color

Above is a color image of the vortex in more detail. Scientists are still unsure of the process that causes this to occur. However, similar phenomenon have been seen before — most notably on Titan’s parent planet, Saturn.

3 Responses to “Titan’s Polar Vortex”

  1. thomas Says:

    Maybe I was a little hard on Titan. It does have that gorgeous upper atmosphere purple haze at the edges of most images.

  2. who knows Says:

    the vortex is very interesting if you look at the first picture it seems like it is elevated almost at the edge of the atmosphere, which is strange most cloud formations and visible storms or whatever that is are clearly at lower elevations, I wonder how big titan is and how large its atmosphere is

  3. Jeffrey Stopple Says:

    (Glad to see you posting again!)

Leave a Reply