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By The Miami Herald Jul. 4--Critics panned Xanadu when it hit theaters in the summer of 1980. "Where else can you see Olivia Newton-John skate around in rags with lightbulbs on her knees?" sniffed one scribe at the time. Then a strange thing happened.
The whimsical Definitely Maybe (Universal, $29.98) twirls on a romantic mystery as an about-to-be-divorced father spins a twisty tale for his 10-year-old daughter in which she tries to figure out which of the several women in his life turned out to be her mother.
The discovery of methane lakes and a "methanosphere" on Saturn's moon Titan raises a question: is a frozen moon orbiting a giant gas planet Earth's closest analog in the solar system?
New radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal geological features very similar to Earth on an Australia-size, bright region on SaturnÂ¹s moon Titan.
A 300-mile-wide patch that outshines everything else on Titan at long infrared wavelengths appears not to be a mountain, a cloud or a geologically active hot spot, University of Arizona scientists and Cassini team members say.
Saturn's moon Titan shows an unusual bright spot that has scientists mystified. The spot, approximately the size and shape of West Virginia, is just southeast of the bright region called Xanadu and is visible to multiple instruments on the Cassini spacecraft.
How old is Titan's surface? For years, Saturn's moon Titan was thought to have mastered the cosmetic surgery of the cosmos, with barely a mark or wrinkle to betray its true age. Close-up views provided by Cassini instruments show that Titan is nearly as flawless as it seems from a distance.
Saturn's largest and hazy moon, Titan, has a surface shaped largely by Earth-like processes of tectonics, erosion, winds, and perhaps volcanism. Titan, long held to be a frozen analog of early Earth, has liquid methane on its cold surface, unlike the water found on our home planet.
The close approach of the Cassini probe, now flying by Saturn's moons, Dione and Titan, reveals a complex atmosphere with clouds hovering over what may prove next month to be continents and even oil-rich oceans.
- Monstrous in size or character; huge; prodigious; monstrously perverse, savage, cruel, etc.