Saturn’s north polar displays its beautiful swirls
Saturn‘s north polar region displays its beautiful swirls, in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 5, 2016.
Each band represents air flowing at different speeds, and clouds at different heights, compared to neighboring bands. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands’ interactions produce many eddies and swirls. The winds on Saturn are the second fastest among the Solar System’s planets, after Neptune’s.
The image was obtained at a distance of approximately 890,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) from Saturn.