CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Staring at Storms

Saturn's richly dynamic atmosphere rewards viewers with unique and fascinating structures with every new look. Here, Cassini uses the near-infrared filters on its wide-angle camera to get a better look at some of Saturn's cloud patterns, shaped by wind and storms in Saturn's atmosphere.

This view is centered on 30 degrees north latitude, 42 degrees west longitude. North is up and rotated 44 degrees to the right. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 24, 2012 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 440,000 miles (710,000 kilometers) from Saturn's surface and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 14 degrees. Image scale is 26 miles (42 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: April 15, 2013 (PIA 14656)
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  Staring at Storms
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NeKto (Apr 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM):
another interesting image of this fascinating atmosphere. i still would like to know how much atmosphere there is above those clouds and what the approximate barametric presure is at cloud level.