NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn since 2004 so it has seen a lot – but it recently saw something that has not happened since 1997.

Seasonal atmospheric circulation direction changes on Titan, technically only a moon but bigger than the planet Mercury, happen only once every 15 years and are never observable from Earth. Titan is the only known moon to have a significant atmosphere and is one of only four terrestrial atmospheres in our Solar System – the others being Venus, Mars and obviously Earth. Since Titan’s rotation axis is tilted similar to Earth, it experiences seasons in a similar way, they just take a lot longer, because Saturn takes 29.5 Earth years to orbit the Sun.

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