The low albedo feature known as Senkyo is visible through the haze of Titan's atmosphere.
See PIA08231 to learn about this area that appears dark near the moon's equator. This view looks toward Saturn-facing side of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across) and is centered on terrain at 1 degree south latitude, 345 degrees west longitude. North on Titan is up and rotated 10 degrees to the right.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 12, 2009 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 296,000 kilometers (184,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 11 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) 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.