CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Dark and Light Titan

Dark and Light Titan
PIA 12716

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  Cassini examines Titan's dark and light seasonal hemispheric dichotomy as it images the moon with a filter sensitive to near-infrared light.

The southern hemisphere looks darker than the northern hemisphere using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 889 nanometers. This image also shows Titan's north polar hood (see PIA08137 and PIA11594). See PIA11603 to learn more about the seasonal dichotomy.

This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan (5150 kilometers, 3200 miles across). North on Titan is up and rotated 2 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 22, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (684,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 37 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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: September 8, 2010 (PIA 12716)
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