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Titan's Varied Atmosphere
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Titan shows us its active polar atmosphere with the north polar hood and south polar vortex both on display in this image captured by Cassini.

The north polar hood is visible as the dark cap on the moon's cloud layer at the top of Titan in this image and the south polar vortex is visible as the bright feature at the bottom. For more on Titan's south polar vortex, see PIA14920.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Titan (3200 miles, 5150 kilometers across). North on Titan is up.

The image was taken in violet light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on July 25, 2012. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 175,000 miles (281,000 kilometers) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 37 degrees. Image scale is 10 miles (17 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: October 15, 2012 (PIA 14630)
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  Titan's Varied Atmosphere
PIA 14630

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Alliance Member Comments
NeKto (Oct 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM):
i remember being taught that objects as cold as Titan would be too cold to display much in the way of weather. not enough heat to stir things up. yeah right.
what a great image. looks like a lot of weather up there to me.

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