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facula

[′fak·yə·lə]
(astronomy)
Any of the large patches of bright material forming a veined network in the vicinity of sunspots; faculae appear to be more permanent than sunspots and are probably due to elevated clouds of luminous gas.
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Cerealia Facula, an area in the center of the crater, consists of bright material covering a 6-mile-wide pit, within which sits a small dome.
"When we look at our new 3-D map of Sotra Facula on Titan, we are struck by its resemblance to volcanoes like Mt.
SIMULATED FLYOVER In a 3-D computer model of Titan's surface, created from Cassini data, scientists discovered a 1-km-high peak and a 1.5-km-deep pit (shown) in a region called Sotra Facula. Green marks possible volcanic areas, including potential flows that spread outward from the pit.
But recent analysis of radar data shows the topography of the Sotra Facula region.

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