Saturn's southern polar region is haunted by a number of dark storms in this image, including one storm at right of center with a slight brightening around its boundary.
The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on Aug. 10, 2004, at a distance of 8.6 million kilometers (5.3 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to infrared light. The image scale is 51 kilometers (32 miles) per pixel.
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 Cassini-Huygens 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 team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org .
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