PIA08830: Cloud Sketches


Cloud Sketches

Caption:

Weather whirls on an alien world. Bright clouds swim in giant banks and shoals in Saturn's dreamlike atmosphere.

With the Sun low on the horizon, the three-dimensional shape of the clouds becomes more apparent here. Streaks of cloud rise above their surroundings, casting shadows toward the bottom of the image.

Some motion blur is apparent in this view.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 938 nanometers on Oct. 30, 2006. Cassini was then at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (800,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 143 degrees. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

Background Info:

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Planet Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Grayscale, Infrared, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-12-06
Date in Caption 2006-10-30
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08830
Identifier PIA08830