Sands of Saturn’s moon Titan are electrically charged

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The particles that cover the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, are “electrically charged”, show results of an experiment.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, may help explain an odd phenomenon — prevailing winds on Titan blow from east to west across the moon’s surface, but sandy dunes nearly 300 feet tall seem to form in the opposite direction.

“These electrostatic forces increase frictional thresholds,” said the lead author of the study, Josh Mendez Harper from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in the US.

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