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Yikes! This cloud on Saturn's moon Titan is made of icy poison
Yikes! This cloud on Saturn's moon Titan is made of icy poison

A strange cloud that NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted on Saturn’s moon Titan two years ago appears to be made of icy hydrogen cyanide, a poison that on Earth has been used to kill everything from rats to whales. The toxic cloud, described in the journal Nature, defies expectations for where and how clouds form on the Saturnian satellite and may force scientists to adjust their understanding of what goes on in the Titan's atmosphere. The large spinning cloud appeared in Titan’s southern hemisphere in May 2012, high in the atmosphere, about 200 miles above the surface. The cloud, which is still going strong, spins faster than the moon itself, taking nine hours to...

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