CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

The Red Rose Of Saturn

The arrival of spring in Saturn's northern hemisphere, and the steady march toward summer, has peeled back the darkness of winter and given Cassini a direct view of one of Saturn's most impressive phenomena: a giant, swirling, hurricane-like vortex at its northern pole.(Image advisory can be found here.)

Apr 29, 2013: The Rose - The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Apr 29, 2013: Enter the Vortex ... In Psychedelic Color - This spectacular, vertigo inducing, false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole.
Apr 29, 2013: Spring At the North Pole - The north pole of Saturn, in the fresh light of spring, is revealed in this color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Apr 29, 2013: North Polar Movie - This movie, made from images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows the clouds of a hurricane-like storm, which circulate around the north pole of Saturn out to 88.5 degrees north latitude.


Jun 10, 2013: Saturn Hurricane Movie (High Resolution) - The movie seen here was constructed from seven images taken in the red spectrum using the CB2 filter.
Alliance Member Comments
roysykes (Jun 6, 2013 at 10:33 PM):
Lovely images.

Do we yet know the reason for the hexagonal
outer structure at Saturn's north polar region?
gloetzel (Apr 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM):
WOW!!! WOW!!! Words can not express the beauty from these Cassini views of Saturn.

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