CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Saturnian Psychedelia

This psychedelic view of Saturn and its rings is a composite made from images taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 728, 752 and 890 nanometers.

Cassini acquired the view on Dec. 13, 2006 at a distance of approximately 822,000 kilometers (511,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 46 kilometers (28 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: January 19, 2007 (PIA 08858)
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  Saturnian Psychedelia
PIA 08858

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Alliance Member Comments
Moonsister (Feb 16, 2007 at 5:59 PM):
Just joined the Alliance and glad I did. This is a beautiful closeup, I feel I can stick may hand in Saturn and swoosh it around, tho I'd probably die if I did that. heehee...
Red_dragon (Jan 20, 2007 at 2:11 PM):
Exatly,pure psichedelia.I'd like to suggest you to add more of that kind of images obtained combining raw images with filters different of the classical red,green,and blue;they look quite interesting (and,of course,so beautiful as the RGB ones).
stowaway (Jan 19, 2007 at 7:01 PM):
Psychedelia - now you're talkin'