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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18287:
Wavy Polar Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18280:
Painted Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Like a giant eye for the giant planet, Saturn's great vortex at its north pole appears to stare back at Cassini as NASA's Cassini spacecraft stares at it.
PIA18273:
The Eye of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.
PIA18276:
Saturn Imitates the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17160:
Circles on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.
PIA17156:
Crescent Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Ultraviolet and infrared images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope show active and quiet auroras at Saturn's north and south poles.
PIA17900:
Dance of Saturn's Auroras Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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While the curtain-like auroras we see at Earth are green at bottom and red at top, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shown us similar curtain-like auroras at Saturn that are red at bottom and purple at top. This is how the auroras would look to the human eye.
PIA17668:
Saturn's Colorful Aurora
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Just as Saturn's famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet's north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's position high above.
PIA17147:
Round and Round
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-30 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.
PIA17145:
The Maelstrom
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA's Cassini mission.
PIA17176:
'Tis the Season
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17175:
Painted Lines on an Ornament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.
PIA17141:
Saturn's Polar Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as 'the hexagon' in the infrared.
PIA17654:
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from an infrared movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows the churning of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as 'the hexagon'.
PIA17653:
Hexagon in Silhouette Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This colorful view from NASA's Cassini mission, known as
PIA17652:
In Full View: Saturn's Streaming Hexagon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings, and, in the background, our home planet, Earth.
PIA17172:
The Day the Earth Smiled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This collage includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission's 'Wave at Saturn' campaign.
PIA17679:
The Faces of 'Wave at Saturn'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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A swing high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings. Saturn sports differently colored bands of weather in this image.
PIA17474:
Jewel of the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the turbulent power of a monster Saturn storm. The visible-light image in the back, obtained on Feb. 25, 2011 shows the turbulent clouds churning across the face of Saturn.
PIA17044:
Two Looks at the Turbulent Saturn Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Epimetheus, which orbits Saturn well outside of the F ring's orbit.
PIA17123:
Going Rogue?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-05 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The area within Saturn's north polar hexagon is shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft to contain myriad storms of various sizes, not the least of which is the remarkable and imposing vortex situated over the planet's north pole.
PIA17122:
Stormy North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-20 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft takes full advantage of the sunlight to capture these amazing views of the north polar hexagon and myriad storms, large and small, that comprise the weather systems in the polar region.
PIA14661:
Summer is Coming!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the clouds of a hurricane-like storm, which circulate around the north pole of Saturn out to 88.5 degrees north latitude. The clouds at the very center are spinning rapidly.
PIA14947:
Saturn Hurricane Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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This spectacular, vertigo inducing, false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole. The angry eye of a hurricane-like storm appears dark red.
PIA14946:
Enter the Vortex ... in Psychedelic Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The north pole of Saturn, in the fresh light of spring, is revealed in this color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The north pole was previously hidden from the gaze of Cassini.
PIA14945:
Spring at the North Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14944:
The Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This animation depicts the shearing of an initially circular cloud of debris as a result of the particles in the cloud having differing orbital speeds around Saturn.
PIA14942:
A Race Around Saturn (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration depicts the shearing of an initially circular cloud of debris as a result of the particles in the cloud having differing orbital speeds around Saturn.
PIA14941:
A Race Around Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-15 Saturn Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's richly dynamic atmosphere rewards viewers with unique and fascinating structures with every new observation.
PIA14656:
Staring at Storms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-10 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet's rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness.
PIA16842:
Saturn's Ring 'Rain' (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows 'quasi-parallel' (top) and 'quasi-perpendicular' (bottom) magnetic field conditions at a planetary bow shock. Bow shocks are shockwaves created when the solar wind blows on a planet's magnetic field.
PIA16825:
Magnetic Fields and Bow Shocks (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's impression by the European Space Agency shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft exploring the magnetic environment of Saturn. The image is not to scale.
PIA16739:
Cassini at Saturn's Bow Shock (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's north polar hexagon basks in the Sun's light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn's signature rings put in an appearance in the background.
PIA14646:
Hexagon and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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A vortex that was part of a giant storm on Saturn slowly dissipates over time in this set of false color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA16725:
Staring into the Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows cloud patterns in a band around Saturn before a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm erupted and again after the head of the storm had disappeared.
PIA16724:
Great Disturbances
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.
PIA16723:
Swirling Vortex Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals the wind patterns within a large vortex that was spawned by a giant northern storm on Saturn. The arrows indicate the local direction of the winds.
PIA16722:
Which Way the Wind Blows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This mosaic of false-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows what a giant storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere looked like about a month after it began. The bright head of the storm is on the left.
PIA16721:
First Chapter of the Northern Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the trail of a great northern storm on Saturn raging in full force. The contrast in the images has been enhanced to make the turbulent parts of the storm (in white) stand out.
PIA16720:
Northern Storm in Full Force
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the evolution of a massive thunder-and-lightning storm that circled all the way around Saturn and fizzled when it ran into its own tail.
PIA16639:
Storm Head, Meet Tail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted two features shaped like the 1980s video game icon
PIA16198:
A Pair of 'Pac-Men'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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This image from an animation shows 'beacons' of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
PIA16190:
Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The Cassini spacecraft takes an angled view toward Saturn, showing the southern reaches of the planet with the rings on a dramatic diagonal. The moon Enceladus appears as a small, bright speck in the lower left of the image.
PIA14627:
Angling Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-18 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft capture lightning striking within the huge storm that encircled Saturn's northern hemisphere for much of 2011.
PIA14921:
Lightning in Blue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This figure examines a particularly strong jet stream and the eddies that drive it through the atmosphere of Saturn's northern hemisphere. Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft were used to create this figure.
PIA14917:
Eddy-Powered Jet stream
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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A particularly strong jet stream churns through Saturn's northern hemisphere in this false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Clouds associated with the jet stream can be seen at upper right about a third of the way down from the top.
PIA14916:
Strong Jet in False Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Compared to the gas giant, the two moons shown on either side of Saturn seem particularly small in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Tethys and Pandora are also present but barely visible.
PIA14614:
Enormous Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Even in a peaceful looking scene such as this one of Saturn and its moon Tethys, NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals clues about how Saturn is ever-changing; scars are seen here of the huge storm that raged through much of 2011.
PIA14609:
Serene Scene
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The constant change in Saturn's wavy, wiggly F ring is on display in this image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The image shows a view looking directly down onto the ring with the planet removed from the center.
PIA15505:
Wavy, Wiggly Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows some of the more bizarre trails that were dragged out from Saturn's F ring by objects about a half mile (1 kilometer) in diameter.
PIA15504:
Exotic Trails or Mini-Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows trails that were dragged out from Saturn's F ring by objects about a half mile (1 kilometer) in diameter.
PIA15503:
Classic Trails or Mini-Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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This image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft around the time it went into orbit around Saturn in 2004 shows a short trail of icy particles dragged out from Saturn's F ring.
PIA15502:
Small Trail at Saturn Orbit Insertion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the gravitational pull of Saturn's moon Prometheus creates patterns in Saturn's F ring.
PIA15501:
F Ring Patterns Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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One of the glittering trails caused by small objects punching through Saturn's F ring is highlighted in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. These trails show how the F ring, the outermost of Saturn's main rings, is constantly changing.
PIA15500:
Glittering Trail in Saturn's F Ring Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-09 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The shadow of the moon Mimas creates a smudge on the southern hemisphere of Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Mimas does not appear here, but it does cast its shadow on the planet in the lower left of the image.
PIA14603:
Smudge of a Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft examines Saturn and the planet's northern hemisphere, which was ravaged by a huge storm for much of 2011.
PIA14601:
Quieted Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-27 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's largest moon, Titan, looks small here, pictured to the right of the gas giant as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14597:
Beside a Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-30 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn and Dione appear askew in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, with the north poles rotated to the right, as if they were threaded along on the thin diagonal line of the planet's rings.
PIA14593:
Dione on a Diagonal
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-02 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's moon Tethys orbits in front of the wide shadows cast by the rings onto the planet for this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Tethys appears just below the rings near the center of the image.
PIA14589:
Before Wide Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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A pair of Saturn's moons appear insignificant compared to the immensity of the planet. Enceladus is at left, Epimetheus appears as a tiny black speck on the far left in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14587:
Tiny by the Terminator
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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With kaleidoscopic forms and hues, these two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the patterns that come and go in the course of one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
PIA14907:
Kaleidoscopic Rainbows Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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These two false-color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show detailed patterns that change during one Saturn day within the huge storm in the planet's northern hemisphere.
PIA14906:
Churning Psychedelia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The biggest, most long-lasting Saturnian storm seen by either NASA's Cassini or Voyager spacecraft roils the atmosphere of the gas giant in this nearly true-color mosaic of Cassini images.
PIA14905:
Chronicling Saturn's Northern Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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The biggest, most long-lasting Saturnian storm seen by either NASA's Cassini or Voyager spacecraft roils the atmosphere of the gas giant in this nearly true-color mosaic of Cassini images.
PIA14904:
Nearly True Color Storm Close-Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the changing appearance of the huge storm that developed from a small spot in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
PIA14903:
Encircling a Giant Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The largest storm to ravage Saturn in decades started as a small spot seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 5, 2010 -- the same day Cassini also detected frequent lightning signals.
PIA14902:
Birth of a Behemoth Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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These two natural color views taken 11 hours -- one Saturn day -- apart by NASA's Cassini spacecraft help scientists measure wind speeds in the huge storm seen here in the planet's northern hemisphere.
PIA14901:
Eleven Hours Later
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Saturn's northern storm marches through the planet's atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA14900:
Scenic Shock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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This false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. The head of the storm is beyond the horizon in this view.
PIA12829:
Storm Tail in False Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The head of Saturn's huge northern storm is well established in this view captured early in the storm's development by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in late 2010.
PIA12828:
Storm Head in False Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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A quartet of Saturn's moons, from tiny to huge, surround and are embedded within the planet's rings in this Cassini composition. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in the background, and the moon's north polar hood is clearly visible.
PIA14579:
In, Around, Beyond Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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Lightning Strikes at Saturn
PIA14310:
Lightning Strikes at Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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A huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn's northern hemisphere overtakes itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA12826:
Catching its Tail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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These false-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle a day in the life of a huge storm that developed from a small spot that appeared 12 weeks earlier in Saturn's northern mid-latitudes.
PIA12825:
A Day in the Life
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a composite near-true-color view of the largest and most intense storm observed on Saturn. The storm is seen churning through the atmosphere in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
PIA12824:
Spotting Saturn's Northern Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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Measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal temperatures in a high layer of Saturn's atmosphere known as the stratosphere and show the dramatic effects of the massive storm deep below.
PIA14120:
Taking the Temperature of a Saturn Storm
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Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This false-color infrared image, obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows clouds of large ammonia ice particles dredged up by a powerful storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
PIA14119:
Updrafts of Large Ammonia Crystals in Saturn Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Shadows cast by Saturn's rings darken the southern hemisphere of the planet and give a truncated appearance to the bottom of this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA12763:
Cut Off by Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-08 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Galileo
Radar Mapper
Solid-State Imaging
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These images compare surface features observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at the Xanadu region on Saturn's moon Titan (left), and features observed by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on Jupiter's cratered moon Callisto (right).
PIA13896:
Titan and Callisto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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Saturn's Radio Period Crossover
PIA13767:
Saturn's Radio Period Crossover Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-07 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft views Saturn with a selection of its moons in varying sizes. Also seen here are Titan (center), Enceladus (far right), Pandora, barely detectable as a speck on the far left, has been brightened by a factor of two.
PIA12756:
Moons Small to Large
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-01 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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A crescent Saturn appears nestled within encircling rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Clouds swirl through the atmosphere of the planet. Prometheus appears as a speck above the rings near the middle of the image.
PIA12738:
Rings Around a Crescent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's moon Mimas casts a elliptical shadow on the planet south of the larger, wider shadows cast by the planet's rings. Mimas and the rings are not shown in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA12737:
Shadows on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-07 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This schematic graphic illustrates the bombardments that lead to colorful splotches and bands on the surfaces of several icy moons of Saturn.
PIA13425:
Moons Under Bombardment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-07 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This set of enhanced-color maps made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show Saturn's moons Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea.
PIA13423:
Enhanced-Color Maps of Saturn Inner Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This false-color image, made from infrared data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows dark and bright clouds on Saturn associated with thunderstorm activity.
PIA13421:
Dark and Stormy Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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The moon Mimas casts a shadow and creates a single blemish on the kingly crescent of Saturn. Mimas is not shown in this view, but its shadow can be seen on the planet just north of the rings and their shadow.
PIA12731:
Singular Spot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This false-color composite image, constructed from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's rings and southern hemisphere.
PIA13405:
Majestic Saturn, in the Infrared
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Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This frame from a movie, made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's southern aurora shimmering over approximately 20 hours as the planet rotates. The video is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13404:
Dancing Southern Lights of Saturn Animation Icon
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Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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A quartet of false-color, composite images show the dance of Saturn's southern lights in data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA13403:
Four Aurora Snapshots
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-23 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This false-color composite image, constructed from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the glow of auroras streaking out about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the cloud tops of Saturn's south polar region.
PIA13402:
Glowing Southern Lights
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Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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Clouds in Saturn's atmosphere create an intricate pattern reminiscent of whipped cream swirling in coffee in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA12721:
Coffee and Cream Clouds
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Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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Roughly a quarter of majestic Saturn is illuminated in this view captured while NASA's Cassini spacecraft was orbiting near the planet's equatorial plane.
PIA12677:
Quarter Saturn
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Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers through the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, to examine the dark region Belet. This large region on the moon's surface has a low albedo, meaning it reflects little light.
PIA12647:
Belet Close-Up
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Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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A startling silhouette of Saturn is created in this NASA Cassini spacecraft portrait.
PIA12633:
Saturn Silhouette
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Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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A large cloud formation swirls through the high northern latitudes of Saturn near the top of this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA12630:
Northern Swirl
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Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down and pictures Saturn wrapped in a pencil-thin shadow of the rings just days after the planet's August 2009 equinox. The moon Epimetheus (not shown) is casting a tiny shadow on the planet above the rings.
PIA12623:
Crescent at Equinox
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Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained shifting stratospheric temperatures. The difference between the temperatures from 2005-2008 is shown in the middle, with red indicating warming in the stratosphere and blue indicating cooling.
PIA13043:
Changing Temperatures in Saturn's Stratosphere
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Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks at Belet, a dark region on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The Cassini spacecraft looks at Belet, a dark region on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
PIA12615:
Behold Belet
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