CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Oval of a Storm

Oval of a Storm
PIA 12522

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  A large storm roils Saturn's atmosphere on the left of this Cassini image.

This view looks toward a region centered at 24 degrees south of the planet's equator.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 6, 2009 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 12 kilometers (8 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: January 7, 2010 (PIA 12522)
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