CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Where Clouds Meet

Where Clouds Meet
PIA 06601

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  This Cassini image shows an assortment of vortices and wavy interfaces where airmasses moving at different speeds intersect. Bright, narrow and linear cloud features of the north appear to be moving over darker clouds below, the linearity suggesting very stable atmospheric flow conditions at these altitudes.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on February 5, 2005, from a distance of approximately 3.4 million kilometers (2.1 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 727 nanometers. The image scale is 20 kilometers (12 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: March 9, 2005 (PIA 06601)
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