Cassini Views Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon

February 26, 2013

Space

The North Polar Hexagon of Saturn

Captured by Cassini’s wide-angle camera, this NASA image of the day shows Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon.

Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon

Saturn’s north polar hexagon basks in the Sun’s light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn’s signature rings, which appear to disappear on account of Saturn’s shadow, put in an appearance in the background.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera on Nov. 27, 2012 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 750 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 403,000 miles (649,000 kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 21 degrees. Image scale is 22 miles (35 kilometers) per pixel.

Source: NASA

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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4 Responses to “Cassini Views Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon”

  1. Malcolm Douglas Porter Says:

    Will it be possible to send a rover to Saturn at some point?

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