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Saturn - Ribbon-like Wave Structure in Atmosphere
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Saturn - Ribbon-like Wave Structure in Atmosphere
Date: 30 Aug 1999

A view of Saturn's clouds extending from 40` to 60` N latitude shows a ribbon-like wave structure in the south with small convective features marking a westward jet in the north.

This image was obtained on November 10, 1980 when Voyager 1 was at a distance of 3,500,000 kilometers (2,200,000 miles) from Saturn. The smallest resolved features in this photograph are 65 kilometers (40 miles) in diameter.

Images with similar resolution indicate that Saturn's circulation is somewhat different from Jupiter's. The maximum westward velocities seen on Saturn are located in the middle of the darker regions, while on Jupiter they are located at the poleward interface between belts and zones. The Voyager Project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA.


Image Credit: JPL

Credit: NASA Planetary Photojournal



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