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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration imagines the view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft during one of its final dives between Saturn and its innermost rings, as part of the mission's Grand Finale.
PIA22768:
Grand Finale: One of Cassini's Last Dives (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-02 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission's Grand Finale.
PIA22767:
Grand Finale: Cassini in the Gap (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-02 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.
PIA22766:
Cassini orbiting Saturn (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-13 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows that the rings of Saturn are made mostly of particles of water ice that range in size from smaller than a grain of sand to as large as mountains.
PIA14943:
Translucent Arcs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-30 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured five of Saturn's moons. Moons visible in this view: Janus; Pandora; Enceladus, Mimas & Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea.
PIA12797:
Group Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows its view from orbit around Saturn on Jan. 2, 2010. The rings on the night side of the planet have been brightened significantly to more clearly reveal their features.
PIA12567:
Planet Six
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's rings cast dark bands across cloud tops in the northern hemisphere. Near the pole, an elongated shadow can be seen from Saturn's moon Tethys. Icy moons Dione (front right) and Enceladus (back right) are also seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18320:
A Stage for Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-07 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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On March 13, 2006 Cassini's narrow-angle camera captured this look at Saturn and its rings, seen here nearly edge on. The frame also features Mimas and tiny Janus (above the rings), and Tethys (below the rings).
PIA18323:
Postcard from the Ring Plane
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-05 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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In this image, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees Saturn and its rings through a wispy haze of Sun glare.
PIA17185:
Glare on the Window
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This view of Saturn looks toward the planet's night side, lit in golden hues by sunlight reflected from the rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21903:
Final Frontier
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-27 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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These two images illustrate just how far NASA's Cassini spacecraft traveled to get to Saturn. At left, one of the earliest images taken of the ringed planet. At right, one of Cassini's final images of Saturn.
PIA21353:
Alpha and Omega
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, NASA's Cassini spacecraft bid farewell to the Saturnian system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last, full mosaic of Saturn and its rings.
PIA17218:
A Farewell to Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-30 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Reflected sunlight is the source of the illumination for visible wavelength images such as this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21351:
The North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-09 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's cloud belts moving around the planet in a circular path with the wandering, hexagon-shaped polar jet stream breaking the mold. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.
PIA21348:
Circles and Hexagons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-02 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Stunning views like this image of Saturn's night side are only possible thanks to our robotic emissaries like NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.
PIA21350:
Goodbye to the Dark Side
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This montage of images, made from data obtained by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows the location on Saturn where the NASA spacecraft entered Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017.
PIA21896:
Impact Site: Infrared Image Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This monochrome view is the last image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. It looks toward the planet's night side, lit by reflected light from the rings, and shows the location at which the spacecraft would enter the planet's atmosphere hours later.
PIA21895:
Impact Site: Cassini's Final Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This image of Saturn's northern hemisphere was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.
PIA21892:
Saturn: Before the Plunge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there.
PIA21888:
Dreamy Swirls on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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With this view, NASA's Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. The Saturn system has been Cassini's home for 13 years, but that journey is nearing its end.
PIA21345:
So Far from Home
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-28 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's north pole on April 26, 2017, the day it began its Grand Finale.
PIA21343:
Top of the World
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Clouds on Saturn take on the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush thanks to the wavy way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere in this false color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21341:
Cloudy Waves (False Color)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-11 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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During its final targeted flyby of Titan on April 22, 2017, NASA's Cassini radar mapper got the mission's last close look at the moon's surface.
PIA21626:
Cassini's Final Titan Radar Swath
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-11 Titan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.
PIA21625:
Highlighting Titan's Hazes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-11 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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These two views of Saturn's moon Titan exemplify how NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed the surface of this fascinating world.
PIA21624:
Two Titans
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini saw Saturn's northern hemisphere reach its summer solstice in mid-2017, bringing continuous sunshine to the planet's far north. The solstice took place on May 24, 2017.
PIA21337:
Good Old Summer Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-28 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains of dancing light, Saturn's southern auroras, or southern lights.
PIA21623:
Southern Auroras Over Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the near-infrared images in this mosaic on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.
PIA21622:
Cassini Near-Infrared "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon, where a thin haze can be seen along the limb.
PIA21621:
Haze on the Horizon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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This colorful spectrogram represents data collected by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument onboard NASA's Cassini's spacecraft as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
PIA21620:
Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
PIA21617:
Cassini "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-10 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet's wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21336:
Dawn's Early Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-28 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This montage of views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn's small ring moons: Atlas (top), Daphnis (middle) and Pan (bottom) at the same scale for ease of comparison.
PIA21449:
Small Wonders
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.
PIA21334:
Saturnian Dawn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.
PIA21611:
Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-08 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of NASA's Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight.
PIA21327:
Hail the Hexagon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.
PIA21441:
Cassini's 'Porthole' Movie of Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-01 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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Comparison of data from NASA's Cassini's radio and plasma science instrument, which can detect ring particles striking the spacecraft as it crosses the plane of the rings, on Dec. 18, 2016 (at top) and on April 26, 2017 (at bottom).
PIA21446:
The Sound of Science: Comparison of Cassini Ring Crossings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-20 Earth Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn. Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth when the image was taken.
PIA21445:
Earth Between the Rings of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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When imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at infrared wavelengths that pierce the planet's upper haze layer, the high-speed winds of Saturn's atmosphere produce watercolor-like patterns.
PIA20528:
Watercolor World
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Although only a sliver of Saturn's sunlit face is visible in this view, the mighty gas giant planet still dominates the view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20530:
Sliver of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The north pole of Saturn sits at the center of its own domain. Around it swirl the clouds, driven by the fast winds of Saturn, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20520:
At the Center
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This view, seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's daylit side, which no Earth-based telescope could capture. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.
PIA20517:
Peeking over Saturn's Shoulder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system.
PIA20513:
Basking in Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.
PIA21055:
Pandora Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters; each is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.
PIA21053:
Saturnian Hexagon Collage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about two days before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.
PIA21052:
Over Saturn's Turbulent North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's north polar region displaying its beautiful bands and swirls. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands' interactions produce many eddies and swirls.
PIA20507:
Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn appears as a serene globe amid tranquil rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In reality, the planet's atmosphere is an ever-changing scene of high-speed winds and evolving weather patterns, punctuated by occasional large storms.
PIA20502:
View from Above
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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These two natural color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn's north polar region between 2012 and 2016.
PIA21049:
Changing Colors in Saturn's North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This frame from a movie is one of many exposures taken by NASA's Cassnii spacecraft. Cassini stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25 to 27, 2016, to obtain exposures showing just over four Saturn days. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA21047:
Staring at Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere in 2016, as that part of the planet nears its northern hemisphere summer solstice in May 2017. Saturn's year is nearly 30 Earth years long.
PIA21046:
Saturn, Approaching Northern Summer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-22 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
PIA20015:
Enceladus North Pole Montage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini orbiter peered out over the northern territory on Saturn's moon Enceladus, during its final close flyby of Enceladus, on Dec. 19, 2015.
PIA17211:
Features of the North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows its final close flyby of Enceladus to focus on the icy moon's craggy, dimly lit limb, with the planet Saturn beyond.
PIA17210:
Ice and Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows this view featuring the nearly parallel furrows and ridges of the feature named Samarkand Sulci.
PIA17209:
Frozen Fractures
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-31 Dione Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's moon Dione crosses the face of the giant planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Astronomers call this phenomenon a transit.
PIA18330:
Entranced by a Transit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Thanks to the illumination angle, Mimas (right) and Dione (left) appear to be staring up at a giant Saturn looming in the background as captured in this image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18331:
Looking Up to the Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In spite of this appearance, Saturn is an active and dynamic world. Mimas is seen to the upper-right of Saturn.
PIA18314:
Serene Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's surface is painted with swirls and shadows. Each swirl here is a weather system, reminding us of how dynamic Saturn's atmosphere is. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18311:
Swirls and Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - 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
ISS - 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
ISS - 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
ISS - 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
ISS - 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
ISS - 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
Imaging Science Subsystem
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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 'the hexagon,' is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole.
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
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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
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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
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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
ISS - 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
ISS - 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
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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
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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
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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 frame from an 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 based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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 Cassini-Huygens
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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