CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
So Many Swirls

So Many Swirls
PIA 10495

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  From high above the ringplane, Cassini captures a multitude of storms in the blustery cloud bands of Saturn's high north.

This view looks toward the planet from about 72 degrees north of the equator.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 26, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 397,000 kilometers (246,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 20 kilometers (13 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: October 21, 2008 (PIA 10495)
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