Titan under a red giant sun: A new kind of “habitable” moon

  title={Titan under a red giant sun: A new kind of “habitable” moon},
  author={Ralph D. Lorenz and Jonathan I. Lunine and Christopher P. McKay},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
We explore the response of Titan's surface and massive atmosphere to the change in solar spectrum and intensity as the sun evolves into a red giant. Titan's surface temperature is insensitive to insolation increases as the haze‐laden atmosphere “puffs up” and blocks more sunlight. However, we find a window of several hundred Myr exists, roughly 6 Gyr from now, when liquid water‐ammonia can form oceans on the surface and react with the abundant organic compounds there. The window opens due to a… 
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