This narrow angle camera view of Saturn's southern polar region features a bright white spot, or storm, surrounded by faint, darker swirls of cloud. Another faint spot is visible south of the boundary of the dark polar collar.
The image was taken on July 22, 2004, from a distance of 6.7 million kilometers (4.2 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light. The image scale is 39 kilometers (24 miles) per pixel. The image was slightly contrast enhanced to bring out features in the atmosphere.
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.