2020-21 Nepal Winner, Grade: 9-12 - Topic: Titania
School: Rato Bangala School,
City: Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur
Uranus has been gifted with 27 majestic, unique, and peculiar moons. The moons of Uranus were relatively unheard of until Voyager-2 spacecraft visited them in January 1986. After the visit, many mind-boggling questions about these moons have been answered. The exploration of Uranus to date has solely been through telescopes and the Voyager-2.
The moon that needs further exploration is Titania. Even though the field of astronomy is developing at a rapid pace, the moon that is mysterious and needs more research is Titania. We know that it is the largest moon of Uranus and it was first discovered by William Herschel in 1787. Like many of Uranus’s moon, it received its name from a character of William Shakespeare. Titania resembles our earth in many ways. For example, Titania has a carbon-dioxide atmosphere due to which it might have the possibility of life. It also has a carbon cycle. Since Titania is the largest moon, it receives relatively more sunlight and due to which the carbon-dioxide that had been collected in the polar-region gets warm and at 85-90K, it sublimates and migrates to the equatorial region and this process is reversed until the opposite poles face the sun which is very similar to the hydrological cycle on Earth. Moreover, for almost 50 years, only William Hershel could see Titania. Many skilled observers have tried to find Titania but have failed to do so.
With the latest innovation in planetary-sciences and rapid technological advancement, if we return to Titania, then we will have answers to many bizarre phenomena like why only William Hershel could see Titania and not others? It might also divert Elon Musk’s attention from landing on Mars to discovering more of Uranus and its moons. Due to its close resemblance to Earth, life might be discovered there, maybe?