CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
A Shadow Amid the Storms

The shadow of Saturn's moon Enceladus cast onto the planet's atmosphere appears like a drop of black ink on a canvas of Saturnian storms.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 20, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (779,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 24 degrees. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 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: April 1, 2009 (PIA 11461)
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  A Shadow Amid the Storms
PIA 11461

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mipsandbips (Apr 5, 2009 at 7:26 PM):
A very interesting contrast in surreal and canvas-like textures.