Titan's detached, high-altitude haze layer encircles its smoggy globe in this ultraviolet view, which also features the moon's north polar hood. The northern hemisphere is currently in its Winter season.
Titan is 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles) across.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 2, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (816,000 miles) from Titan and at a Sun-Titan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 20 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel.
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 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 operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute