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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.
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.

Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20507
Added: 2016-11-14

Views: 1132

Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls

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.

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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.
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.

View from Above

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20502
Added: 2016-10-31

Views: 789

View from Above

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.

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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.
These two natural color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn's north polar region between 2012 and 2016.

Changing Colors in Saturn's North

These two natural color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn's north polar region between 2012 and 2016.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21049
Added: 2016-10-21

Views: 2407

Changing Colors in Saturn's North

These two natural color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn's north polar region between 2012 and 2016.

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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.
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.

Staring at Saturn

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21047
Added: 2016-09-15

Views: 1028

Staring at Saturn

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.

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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.
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.

Saturn, Approaching Northern Summer

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA21046
Added: 2016-09-15

Views: 2362

Saturn, Approaching Northern Summer

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.

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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.
This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

Enceladus North Pole Montage

This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20015
Added: 2015-12-22

Views: 8608

Enceladus North Pole Montage

This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

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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.
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.

Features of the North

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17211
Added: 2015-12-21

Views: 3236

Features of the North

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.

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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.
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.

Ice and Atmosphere

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17210
Added: 2015-12-21

Views: 2001

Ice and Atmosphere

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.

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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.
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.

Frozen Fractures

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17209
Added: 2015-12-21

Views: 1142

Frozen Fractures

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.

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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.
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.

Looking Up to the Giant

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18331
Added: 2015-08-03

Views: 907

Looking Up to the Giant

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.

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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.
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.

Serene Saturn

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18314
Added: 2015-05-11

Views: 2910

Serene Saturn

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.

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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.
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.

Swirls and Shadows

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18311
Added: 2015-05-04

Views: 973

Swirls and Shadows

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.

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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.
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.

Wavy Polar Jet

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18287
Added: 2014-10-06

Views: 4643

Wavy Polar Jet

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.

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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.
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.

Painted Saturn

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18280
Added: 2014-09-29

Views: 2149

Painted Saturn

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.

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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.
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.

The Eye of Saturn

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18273
Added: 2014-08-04

Views: 5130

The Eye of Saturn

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.

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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.
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.

Saturn Imitates the Moon

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18276
Added: 2014-07-21

Views: 2170

Saturn Imitates the Moon

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.

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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.
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.

Circles on Saturn

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17160
Added: 2014-04-14

Views: 1603

Circles on Saturn

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.

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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.
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.

Crescent Saturn

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17156
Added: 2014-03-17

Views: 1405

Crescent Saturn

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.

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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.
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.

Round and Round

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17147
Added: 2014-02-03

Views: 2107

Round and Round

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.

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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.
The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.

The Maelstrom

The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17145
Added: 2013-12-30

Views: 3738

The Maelstrom

The vortex at Saturn's north pole, seen here in the infrared by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, takes on the menacing look.

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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.
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.

'Tis the Season

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17176
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 5629

'Tis the Season

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.

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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.
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.

Painted Lines on an Ornament

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17175
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 129807

Painted Lines on an Ornament

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.

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Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.
Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.

Saturn's Polar Jet

Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17141
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 6899

Saturn's Polar Jet

Taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image shows Saturn's polar jet stream.

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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.
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.

Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared

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.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17654
Added: 2013-12-04

Views: 2821

Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared

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.

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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'.
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'.

Hexagon in Silhouette

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'.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17653
Added: 2013-12-04

Views: 3234

Hexagon in Silhouette

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'.

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