PIA01376: Voyager 2 Image of Saturn

Voyager 2 Image of Saturn


This Voyager 2 image of Saturn, obtained Aug. 21 from a distance of 5.4 million kilometers (3.4 million miles), shows further evidence of weather patterns at all latitudes. A stream of clouds is moving in the westward flow at about 15 meters-per-second (33 mph). The clouds are attached to a large spot about 3,000 km. (1,900 mi.) in diameter; the spot moves eastward at about 30 meters-per-second (65 mph) and shows the anti-cyclonic rotation of the combined features. Another spot is seen to the east of the larger cloud, with a similar anti-cyclonic rotation. This ribbonlike feature seen in the latitude band centered at 47 north marks a high-speed jet of about 150 meters-per-second (330 mph). Further small-scale clouds are evident toward the polar region (upper right).

Background Info:

The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 2
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1998-11-13
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01376
Identifier PIA01376