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Blue Eyed Storm
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Blue Eyed Storm
PIA 10588

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  Rendered in myriad hues, vivid details of Saturn's stormy atmosphere play out below the shadow of the rings. A well defined storm swirls through the atmosphere of the southern hemisphere in the lower left of the image, like the tight blue circle of an eye's iris.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 36 degrees below the ringplane. Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 29, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (662,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 51 degrees. Image scale is 60 kilometers (37 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: February 27, 2009 (PIA 10588)
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Alliance Member Comments
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Mar 4, 2009 at 3:17 PM):
That's a fantastic image of Saturn ! It was taken from an interesting position of our spacecraft showing Saturn seen thru parts of its rings at the upper right. Here, we`re seeing again many hues of Saturn`s colors as in picture PIA10578, but most of them are different. The blue-eyed storm is special. I think that it is within the "storm alley" at roughly 35 S latitude. On picture 10457 ( 08/28/2008 ) there were 4 large storm systems of similar color at the same southern latitudes. ( If the blue-eyed storm were one of them, then we would draw the conclusion that it lasted for at least half a year. )
Red_dragon (Feb 27, 2009 at 8:19 AM):
Awesome image, perhaps the most beautiful (color) one of this year so far.
I really like the (actually, true) ominosity Saturn present on these kind of images Excellent work, CICLOPS!.

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