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Large tides alert on Saturn

The measure of Titan’s incredibly large migration speed away from Saturn reveals that tidal dissipation depends on the orbital frequency. This new paradigm has many implications for the internal structure of Saturn and the history of its satellite system.

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Fig. 1: Titan is receding from Saturn at 11 cm yr–1.

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Crida, A. Large tides alert on Saturn. Nat Astron 4, 1024–1025 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-020-1109-0

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