Saturn's high north is a seething cauldron of activity filled with roiling cloud bands and swirling vortices.
A corner of the north polar hexagon is seen at upper left.
This view looks toward a region located about 70 degrees north of the planet's equator, in a place that receives continually increasing amounts of sunlight as Saturn's seasons change.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 25, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 541,000 kilometers (336,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 29 kilometers (18 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.