The southern edge of Saturn’s equatorial band displays a scalloped appearance in this Cassini image, as clouds of bright material are stretched and pulled like taffy.
The shadow of Saturn’s rings is visible through the thin C ring at upper right.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera on Sept. 13, 2004, at a distance of 8.6 million kilometers (5.3 million miles) from Saturn, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light. The image scale is 103 kilometers (32 miles) per pixel. Contrast was enhanced to improve visibility of features in the atmosphere.
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.