CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Northern Sights
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Incredible swirling details in Saturn's northern clouds can be seen in this dazzling view. Shadows cast by the rings embrace the northern hemisphere.

The view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 16 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 10, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (800,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 72 kilometers (45 miles) per pixel.

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: July 19, 2007 (PIA 08987)
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  Northern Sights
PIA 08987

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