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Storms in Saturn's Atmosphere

Storms in Saturn's Atmosphere


Date: 28 May 2004
Satellite: Cassini
Depicts: Storms in the Upper Atmosphere
Copyright: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This close-up of Saturn's southern hemisphere shows several dark spots huddled in the mid-latitude region. The largest of these spots is about 3000 kilometres across, or about as wide as Japan is long. Also visible are light-coloured, lacy cloud patterns indicative of atmospheric turbulence. The image was taken with the Cassini narrow angle camera through a near-infrared filter on 7 May 2004, from a distance of 28.2 million kilometres from Saturn. Image scale is 168 kilometres per pixel. The image has been contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
4-Jul-2022 03:05 UT

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