Okay, since we were not done telling about Titan facts in our previous two articles, we promised of a third article. However, we need to say that this article is not a compilation of all amazing facts about Titan. In fact, you will encounter some generic data-based facts that we prefer classifying as Boring and then, there are some Amazing facts too that you are going to love. So, we will begin with our boring facts and end with the interesting ones.
Facts about Titan (Boring Ones): 1-5
1. The diameter of Titan is 5,150 kilometers. To be precise, it is 5,149.4 kilometers.
2. As far as the mass of Titan is concerned, it has 1.8 times the mass of our Moon. The exact mass is 1.35 x 1023 kilograms.
3. The satellite is tidally locked to Saturn. This means that Titan shows only one face to Saturn always. The other face of Titan cannot see Saturn – ever!
4. The time taken by Titan to orbit around the host planet (in this case, Saturn) is 15 days (Earth days) and 22 hours. Interestingly, that is the exact amount of time Titan takes to complete one rotation around its rotational axis.
5. Put points 3 and 4 together and what we get is that one day on Titan actually lasts for 15 days and 22 hours.
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Facts about Titan (Boring Ones): 6-10
6. Titan was the sixth moon to be discovered in our Solar System.
7. Titan was discovered by Christiaan Huygens – a Dutch astronomer. He came up with this discovery in 1655. The exact date was March 25.
8. Because a day on Titan lasts as long as its orbital period, there is a point on Titan which is known as the sub-Saturnian point. Standing at this point, it will appear that Saturn is hanging directly overhead.
9. The discoverer of this satellite named the moon as Saturni Luna. However, between 1673 and 1686, four more moons were discovered. The result was that those moons were named as Saturn I, Saturn II, Saturn III, Saturn IV and Saturn V. By this time Titan was already in the fourth position and hence, was named as Saturn IV.
10. The problem is that Titan had to bear all these names – Saturn II, Saturn IV and Saturn VI. So, as more and more satellites kept coming in, the numbering system was given up. Finally the name Titan was given by John Herschel, who was the son of William Herschel. It was William Herschel who discovered Enceladus and Miams – both of which are moons of Saturn.