A Ring of Color
Date: 6 Jun 2012
NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's largest moon and sees sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan's atmosphere and forming a ring of color.
Titan's north polar hood can be seen at the top of this view, and a hint of the south polar vortex can be detected at the bottom. See PIA08137 to learn more about the north polar hood. See PIA14919 and PIA14920 to learn more about the south polar vortex.
This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Titan (5,150 km, or 3,200 miles across). North on Titan is up and rotated 9 degrees to the right.
Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on 6 June 2012, at a distance of approximately 216,000 km (134,000 miles) from Titan. Image scale is 13 km (8 miles) per pixel.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute