Saturn's North Pole

Saturn's North Pole

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY


Caption: The globe of Saturn is seen here in natural colour in a wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The characteristic hexagonal shape of Saturn's northern jet stream, somewhat yellow here, is visible. At the pole lies a Saturnian version of a high-speed hurricane, eye and all. This view is centered on terrain at 75 degrees north latitude, 120 degrees west longitude. Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural-colour view. The images were taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on July 22, 2013. This view was acquired at a distance of approximately 611,000 miles (984,000 kilometres) from Saturn. Image scale is 51 miles (82 kilometres) per pixel.

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