Cassini Views Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon

Saturns North Polar Hexagon

Saturn’s north polar hexagon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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 November 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. The image scale is 22 miles (35 kilometers) per pixel.

5 Comments on "Cassini Views Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon"

  1. Malcolm Douglas Porter | February 26, 2013 at 7:15 am | Reply

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

  2. Now there is a good explanation about Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon. Read this article for more information (Rostami et al. 2017, ICARUS):

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