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Raging Planet
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Raging Planet
PIA 09917

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  Myriad vortices churn through Saturn's high northern latitudes while Dione's shadow drifts across the gas giant's face.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 43 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 7, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (760,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 69 kilometers (43 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: June 5, 2008 (PIA 09917)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Jun 6, 2008 at 7:41 AM):
Great picture as others of its class. Waiting to see Titan's shadow transiting over Saturn's disk!

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