CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Tempest-Tossed Saturn

Tempest-Tossed Saturn
PIA 08883

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  Cassini views Saturn's southern latitudes in color, spying a great, eye-shaped vortex just northward of the south polar region. Other dark vortices, common features of Saturn's general circulation, are visible in the mid-latitudes.

Contrast in the image was enhanced to make features in the atmosphere more visible.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this near-natural color view. The images were taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 14, 2007 at a distance of approximately 958,000 kilometers (595,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 54 kilometers (33 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: February 23, 2007 (PIA 08883)
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Red_dragon (Feb 23, 2007 at 7:36 AM):
Magnificent -i admit it resembles me Jupiter-.It's a pity, however, the great vortex of Saturn's south pole was outside of the WAC's field of view.