CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Eye of the Storm

Eye of the Storm
PIA 06498

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  Cassini caught this intriguing view of a dark storm near the limb of Saturn on September 9, 2004. The image shows a great deal of detail in the gas giant's turbulent atmosphere.

The bright triangle at right is an overexposed part of Saturn's A ring, with the F ring faintly visible beneath.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera from a distance of 8.8 million kilometers (5.5 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light. The image scale is 104 kilometers (65 miles) per pixel. The image was magnified by a factor of two and slightly contrast enhanced to improve visibility of features in the atmosphere.

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 14, 2004 (PIA 06498)
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