Cassini studies the dynamics of Saturn's blustery cloud bands as spring approaches in the northern hemisphere.
This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 9 degrees above the ringplane. Janus casts its shadow onto Saturn at right, just above the curving shadow of the rings.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 19, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (786,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 72 kilometers (45 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.