Saturn - Voyager 2

False color close-up image of Saturn's atmosphere from 7.1 million km

Voyager 2 close-up of Saturn's cloud tops in false color. The image was made by combining green and violet filter images taken on 19 August 1981, one week before closest approach. The smallest visible features in this image are about 130 km across. The blue oval at the center of the image would be brown in true color. The features directly south of the oval are moving about 70 km/hr west relative to the oval, while the wave like structures to the north are moving east at 540 km/hr. The frame is about 52,000 km from top to bottom. North is at 11:00. (Voyager 2, P-23915)
Larger image: 183K

High resolution tiff file (3.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1981-08-19
Distance/Range (km): 7,100,000
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: clouds
Instrument: Narrow Angle Vidicon Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .424 x .424
Filter: green, 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-23915
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 75-084A-01B
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