The moon and the planets

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 33–46 | Cite as

On the excess thermal fluxes of Titan and Saturn

  • E. M. Drobyshevski
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Abstract

The assumption of a recent (3.5–10 thousand years ago) explosion of the electrolysis products of Titan's ices suggests a common explanation for many peculiar features of Saturn's system.

In particular, the high excess luminosity of Saturn is due, possibly, to its having accreted a part of the material lost by Titan. The accretion of this material from Saturn's rings is continuing at present.

The crucial experiment to support the possibility of a recent Titan's ices explosion would be detection of excess heat flux. At the present time it could consitute 1.5–15% of the solar radiation flux absorbed by this satellite.

Keywords

Radiation Heat Flux Titan Solar Radiation Radiation Flux 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Drobyshevski
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  1. 1.A. F. Ioffe Physical-Technical InstituteU.S.S.R. Academy of SciencesLeningradUSSR

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