Mysterious spots on Ceres, Pluto and now on Tetis?
NASA has discovered mysterious RED marks on the surface of Saturn’s moon Tethys.
The red elongated spots were found by missions specialists from the Cassini spacecraft. The surface of Tethys looks as if the moon had suffered a “graffiti attack. The lines seem to follow a curious pattern and are not distributed randomly across the surface of the moon.
The discovery was made thanks to the images obtained by the Cassini spacecraft, combining clear, green, infrared and ultraviolet spectral filters.
According to experts, the images show a set of red, narrow and curved bows on the surface of the moon, which are now included in the list of the most unusual features of the moon of Saturn. Some of these red bows can be seen faintly in the observations made earlier. The Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. The new color images from April 2015, are the first to show extremely large areas of the mysterious bows located in the northern parts of Tethys.
This is the first time the mysterious red lines are clearly visible and this is because Saturn moves to the northern hemisphere because of summer, the the northern latitudes are better illuminated. But just what caused these mysterious red lines and why they seem to follow a strange pattern is something that mission scientists cannot explain. One of the possibilities is that the there are chemical impurities in the ice covering the moon, or the result of the degassing of the interior of Tethys. These mysterious lines could also be some sort of geological fractures on the surface of Tethys.
But of course these are just “possibilities,” the truth is that researchers aren’t sure what caused these mysterious lines and if they will disappear with time.
Tethys has been added to the list of mysterious solar system objects together with Pluto, and Ceres which have mysterious bright spots and even Pyramids on their surface. All of them of course, are of “natural” origin and we cannot even dare to mention that these strange features have a mysterious and “inexplicable origin.”
“The red arcs must be geologically young because they cut across older features like impact craters, but we don’t know their age in years,”said Cassini imaging scientist Paul Helfenstein. “If the stain is only a thin, colored veneer on the icy soil, exposure to the space environment at Tethys’ surface might erase …
We can only wonder what causes the mysterious bright spots on Ceres, and the mysterious and curiously distributed reddish lines on the surface of Tethys.
Is it possible that these lines are traces of microbial life?