CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

A Ring of Color
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's largest moon and sees sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan's atmosphere and forming a ring of color.

Titan's north polar hood can be seen at the top of this view, and a hint of the south polar vortex can be detected at the bottom. See PIA08137 to learn more about the north polar hood. See PIA14919 and PIA14920 to learn more about the south polar vortex.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan (3200 miles, 5150 kilometers across). North on Titan is up and rotated 9 degrees to the right.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 6, 2012 at a distance of approximately 134,000 miles (216,000 kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 8 miles (13 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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.

For more information about the Cassini Solstice Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: August 29, 2012 (PIA 14924)
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  A Ring of Color
PIA 14924

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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Aug 30, 2012 at 2:24 AM):
Another great image of a crescent Titan with the plus of that vortex; as a side note, the Photojournal image ( seems to be corrupted or something.
NeKto (Aug 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM):
another serious WOW image! what an atmosphere.
So what was the sun spacecraft Titan angle on this one? i looked for that information in the text. was disappointed not to find it.
looks like old Sol is hiding a little closer to the north pole, or maybe not even behind Titan. just out of frame to the north perhaps?

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