AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 134 Solar System and The Sun
Oral, Thursday, January 8, 2004, 2:00-3:30pm, Regency VI

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[134.01] Titan on the Eve of Cassini : Observations with HST and other telescopes

R. D. Lorenz (LPL, University of Arizona), M. T. Lemmon (Texas A & M University, College Station, TX), P. H. Smith (LPL, University of Arizona)

Saturn's largest moon Titan will hit the headlines later this year with the approach and arrival of Cassini. Here we put this ``new world" in context with a historical record of Titan's changing appearance as observed by the Hubble Space Telescope over the last 10 years. These observations show seasonal changes in the atmospheric haze, discrete methane clouds, and a variegated surface. Recent results from other telescopes may also be summarized, and prospects for future observations to complement Cassini will be discussed.

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