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Saturn: June 2012



Turbulent jet streams, regions where winds blow faster than in other places, churn east and west across Saturn. Scientists have been trying to understand for years the mechanism that drives these wavy structures in Saturn's atmosphere and the source from which the jets derive their energy.


This image was taken on June 19, 2012 and received on Earth June 20, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Saturn at approximately 1,706,861 miles (2,746,927 kilometers) away, and the image was taken using the CB2 and CL2 filters.