Long streamers of cloud encircle the south polar region of Saturn. Farther poleward, or toward lower left, faint, deeper atmospheric structures lurk beneath the haze.
This image was acquired from a vantage point 74 degrees south of the planet's equator.
The view was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 2, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 728 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 369,000 kilometers (229,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 19 kilometers (12 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.