Solar System Exploration
Saturn at Opposition
February 19, 2008
Saturn at Opposition
As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet. Here, the ring shadows appear to obscure almost the entire southern hemisphere, w...
Spying Titan's Weather December 16, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06996 Evidence of changing weather patterns in...
Spying Titan's Weather
Cassini continues to survey the small worlds that orbit near Saturn's rings, capturing this view of Epimetheus.
Brush with Epimetheus
The bright whorls and small-scale specks of convective clouds drift through a region just north of Saturn's bright equatorial band. Observers have seen major storms develop in this region in the pa...
Saturn's rings obscure part of Titan's colorful visage in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Obscured by Rings
+ Unannotated version The tiny wavemaker moon Daphnis is dwarfed by the very waves it creates on the edge of the Keeler gap. Daphnis (5 miles, or 8 kilometers across), a tiny dot in the Keeler gap...
Dwarfed Wavemaker (Annotated)
Great circular vortices churn through Saturn's northern skies. The planet wears the shadow of its rings as a dark belt. Just above that belt is the shadow of 181-kilometer (113-mile) wide Janus. ...
Above the Storms
“This is a view of crescent Saturn, based on the raw image from Cassini on March 12, 2014."
Crescent Saturn View by Stephane Calonnec
Why is Venus so different from Earth?
Night on Venus in Infrared from Orbiting Akatsuki
An intricate, fingerprint-like pattern of dunes is seen in this dramatic radar image of Saturn's moon Titan captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 21, 2009 from an altitude of 965 kilomet...
The Story Titan's Dunes Tell
Two Saturnian moons meet in the sky. Dione departs after crossing the face of Rhea for several minutes. Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across), at right, has a notably smoother-looking surf...
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the surface of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixe...
Dawn HAMO Image 20
+ Brightening Adiri -- Annotated Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show changes caused by methane rain in the bright Adiri region near the equator of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Although no...
Brightening Adiri -- Unannotated
This global digital map of Titan was created using images taken by the Cassini spacecraft imaging science subsystem. The images were taken using a filter centered at 938 nanometers, allowing resea...
Map of Titan - October 2007
Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 01:20 GMT from an altitude of about 16 km above the surface during the spacecraft’s final descent on 3...
Comet from 16 KM
Saturn's D ring may be faint and difficult to observe, but it rewards our patience. In this image, the Cassini spacecraft has captured some of the structure of the tenuous ring, appearing here as l...
A Long, Hard Stare
The northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione is seen in this polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available clear-filter images from NASA's Cassini and Voyager missions. This map is...
Dione Polar Maps - February 2010
The northern hemisphere is displayed in this global view of the surface of Venus.
Venus - Computer Simulated Global View of the Northern Hemisphere
The effects of the moon Prometheus create intricate formations in Saturn's thin F ring. The gravity of potato-shaped Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across) periodically creates streamer-ch...
Saturn's shadow passes over its rings as the Cassini spacecraft looks on in this artist's concept. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech + High Resolution (.jpg, 216 KB) + Highest Resolution (.tif, 3.8 MB)
Cassini at Saturn View 4
In this sequence of four images taken during one night of observation by NASA's Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, the speck of light that moves relative to the background stars is a small a...
Sky Survey Detected This Small Asteroid
As they wheel about the planet, Saturn's sunlit rings often exhibit dark, radial markings called spokes. Spokes are seen only in the broad B ring, and can also appear bright in certain viewing geo...
Spokes on the Wheel
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters with both sharp and smooth crater rims in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. Detailed structure is seen more readily in the image with a smal...
Unusual Craters on Vesta III
The southern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione is seen in this polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available clear-filter images from NASA's Cassini and Voyager missions. This map is...
Dione Polar Maps - February 2010
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