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Faint Southern Clouds
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This clear filter view of Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) reveals a region of cloud activity at high southern latitudes on Titan.

Cassini observations have generally been consistent with Earth-based observations that indicate the South-polar fields of clouds that had been observed frequently in 2004 haven't been present in 2005.

This image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on August 31, 2005, from a distance of approximately 3.3 million kilometers (2 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 70 degrees. The image scale is 20 kilometers (12 miles) per pixel. North on Titan is up and rotated about 20 degrees to the left. The view has been mildly enhanced to make the cloud feature more easily visible.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: September 29, 2005 (PIA 07597)
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  Faint Southern Clouds
PIA 07597

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