Saturn - Voyager 1

Color-enhanced image of Saturn's atmosphere and rings

Voyager 1 color-enhanced image of Saturn taken on 18 October 1980, 25 days before closest approach. The large violet cloud belt at the center is the North Equatorial Belt. Above this is Saturn's North Temperate Belt, which exhibits bright storm-like features. The Southern hemisphere, below the rings, appears bluer due to the scattering of sunlight and viewing geometry, Saturn is 120,000 km in diameter and north is at 11:00. The color was enhanced using images taken through the ultraviolet, green, and violet filters. (Voyager 1, p_22994c)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1980-10-18
Distance/Range (km): N/A
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, rings, clouds
Instrument: Narrow Angle Vidicon Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .424 x .424
Filter: ultraviolet, green, and violet
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: P-22994c
Other Image ID number: S-1-9
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 77-084A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015