A large cloud formation swirls through the high northern latitudes of Saturn near the top of this Cassini spacecraft image.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 14, 2010 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 728 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 523,000 kilometers (325,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 42 degrees. Image scale is 28 kilometers (17 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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.