Scientists are baffled over a mystery object that appears then disappears from a giant lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

NASA spotted the strange “island” shaped object in an image taken by the Cassini probe.


'Magic island' found on Saturn moon Titan

As the object swung around the alien moon last year more than a billion kilometres from Earth. Pictures taken of the same spot saw nothing before or some days later. Little more than a white blob on a grainy image of Titan’s northern hemisphere, the sighting may be a huge iceberg that broke free of the shoreline, an effect of rising bubbles, or waves rolling across the normally placid lake’s surface, scientists say. source


Astronomers have named the blob the “magic island” until they have a better idea what they are looking at. “We can’t be sure what it is yet because we only have the one image, but it’s not something you would normally see on Titan,” said Jason Hofgartner, a planetary scientist at Cornell University in New York. “It is not something that has been there permanently.”

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