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Northern Swirl
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Northern Swirl
PIA 12630

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  A large cloud formation swirls through the high northern latitudes of Saturn near the top of this Cassini image.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 14, 2010 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 728 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 523,000 kilometers (325,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 42 degrees. Image scale is 28 kilometers (17 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: May 11, 2010 (PIA 12630)
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