The Eye of Saturn

A new look at the northern polar vortex on Saturn.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

A new look at the northern polar vortex on Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Not really an eye of course, but it kind of looks like one.  This is a close up view of the northern polar vortex on Saturn taken from the Cassini spacecraft.  I enlarged the image and enhanced it a little to bring out the details a little more.  You can see the original here.

That “eye” is 2,000 km / 1,240 miles across, you can see clouds as them move some 150 meters per sec / 330 miles per hour.

Cassini was 2.2 million km / 1.4 million miles from Saturn at the time the image was taken.

 

 

Craters!

Rosetta04Aug

A close up image of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Rosetta’s NAVCAM. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

This view from Rosetta of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from just 300 km away. The image was taken on 03 August 2014, I have isolated and enlarged the comet for the detail.  Click the image for the original image from ESA.

You can get a full-res image from ESA by clicking here.

As always you can get the latest at the Rosetta blog.