Identified the molecules that form Titan´s haze, responsible for the stability of the atmosphere

Astronomers from the IAA have analyzed an emission detected few months ago in Titan's atmosphere and reveal the existence of large amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These compounds, generated in the upper atmosphere, descend to lower levels and form the haze that covers the satellite, heats the atmosphere and prevents condensation

Atmósfera de Titán

Reacciones quimico-fisicas en la atmósfera de Titán


M. López-Puertas et al. Large abundances of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Titan´s upper atmosphere, The Astrophysical Journal, vol 769 issue 2

B. M. Dinelli, M. López-Puertas, A. Adriani, M. L. Moriconi, B. Funke, M. García-Comas, E. D’Aversa. An unidentified emission in Titan’s upper atmosphere, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/grl.50332

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