Faint Southern Clouds

an image of Titan and its clouds
PIA NumberPIA07597
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This clear-filter view of Saturn's moon Titan reveals a region of cloud activity at high southern latitudes. Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across.

Cassini observations have generally been consistent with Earth-based observations that indicate the south-polar fields of clouds that had been observed frequently in 2004 haven't been present in 2005.

This image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 31, 2005, at a distance of approximately 3.3 million kilometers (2 million miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 70 degrees. The image scale is 20 kilometers (12 miles) per pixel. North on Titan is up and rotated about 20 degrees to the left. The view has been mildly enhanced to make the cloud feature more easily visible.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute