CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Swarm of Swirls

The restless winds on gas giant Saturn meet no resistance from any landmass. The boundaries between eastward- and westward-flowing jet streams create turbulent, eddy-filled regions that pump energy into the never-ending gales (see PIA08368).

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 18, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 727 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 3.4 million kilometers (2.1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 20 kilometers (13 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: October 29, 2007 (PIA 09759)
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  Swarm of Swirls
PIA 09759

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