PIA07555: Atmospheric Illusion

 Atmospheric Illusion
Target Name: Saturn
Mission: Cassini
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 1008 samples x 1008 lines
Produced By: Cassini Imaging Team
Full-Res TIFF: PIA07555.tif (1.017 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA07555.jpg (78.94 kB)
Medium-Res JPEG: PIA07555_modest.jpg (70.51 kB)

Original Caption Released with Image:

Believe it or not, this extreme close-up of Saturn's swirling clouds was acquired from more than one million kilometers (621,370 miles) from the gas giant planet. The rings' image is severely bent by atmospheric refraction as they pass behind the planet.

The dark region in the rings is the 4,800-kilometer-wide (2,980 mile) Cassini Division.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 25, 2005, at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (600,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Image and caption provided by the Planetary Photojournal -- PIA07555