CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Sunlit South

Sunlit South
PIA 06658

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  This poetic wide angle camera view of Saturn reveals several small, dark storms in the southern latitudes, at latitudes where storm activity has been prevalent since before Cassini arrived in orbit.

Also notable here is the semi-transparent C ring, which is visible against the backdrop of the planet.

The image was taken in visible light with the wide angle camera on April 23, 2005, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 1028 nanometers and from a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 142 kilometers (88 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 27, 2005 (PIA 06658)
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