CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Titan's Swirling South Polar Vortex

With its recent excursion out of Saturn's equatorial plane, Cassini has uncovered a vortex swirling around the south pole in Titan's hazy atmosphere. (Image advisory can be found here.)

Jul 10, 2012: Titan's Colorful South Polar Vortex - This true color image captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft before a distant flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on June 27, 2012, shows a south polar vortex, or a mass of swirling gas around the pole in the atmosphere of the moon.
Jul 10, 2012: Titan's South Polar Vortex in Motion - This movie captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft shows a south polar vortex, or a mass of swirling gas around the pole in the atmosphere, at Saturn's moon Titan.
Jul 10, 2012: Winter's Coming - False-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the development of a hood of high-altitude haze -- which appears orange in this image -- forming over the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan.
Alliance Member Comments
GorT> (Jul 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM):
Speaking of ephemerides...when are the stars going to align again, C.P..? What about the coincidence of 2012; year of the dragon in the Chinese calendar and the 11 year solar maxima occurring now? How did they know?

Want to add a comment?   Login (for Alliance Members) ... or ... Join the CICLOPS Alliance!