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A unidentified and mysterious piece of land has appeared out of nowhere in radar images of Saturn's giant moon, Titan, which is now being dubbed the 'magic island' .

Scientists  can not explain how it simply just appeared in a new photograph.  However, as quickly as it appeared, it vanished in later images, and no one knows why.

When compared to older flyby's taken in 2007, this object did not exist, but scientists believe this newly discovered feature could be the result of waves, bubbles or buoyant solid matter.

Jason Hofgartner, a second year Phd. grad student at Cornell University in New York, said, "This discovery tells us that the liquids in Titan's northern hemisphere are not simply stagnant and unchanging, but rather that changes do occur. We don't know precisely what caused this to appear, but we'd like to study it further."

The object was discovered while scientists were examining images of Ligeia Mare, Titan's second-largest sea, which was captured by the Cassini space probe.

Prior to July 2013 the sea had appeared flat and void of any objects, waves or landmasses.

The appearance, and disappearance, of the 'magic island' remains unexplained.

Titan is the only planetary body in the solar system besides Earth known to have large expanses of liquid on its surface.


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