CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Circumpolar Bands

The rapidly rotating clouds above Titan's northernmost latitudes stretch into streaks that circumscribe the pole. The ultraviolet spectral filter used to take this image allows Cassini to view the moon's stratosphere.

The view was taken from about 50 degrees above Titan's (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) equatorial plane.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of polarized ultraviolet light. The view was captured on Feb. 25, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (800,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 63 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 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: March 30, 2007 (PIA 08907)
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  Circumpolar Bands
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Mar 31, 2007 at 1:58 PM):
Very interesting. The high haze of Titan's atmosphere and the northern titanian clouds. Let's see what Cassini finds there during T28. Good luck!