NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Northern Summer on Titan
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team,SSI,JPL,ESA,NASA

Explanation: While yesterday's solstice brought summer to planet Earth'snorthern hemisphere, a northern summersolstice arrivedfor ringed planet Saturn nearly a month ago on May 24.Following theSaturnianseasons, its large moon Titan wascaptured in this Cassini spacecraftimagefrom June 9.The near-infrared view finds bright methane clouds drifting throughTitan's northern summer skies as seen from a distance ofabout 507,000 kilometers.Below Titan's clouds, darkhydrocarbon lakes sprawl nearthe large moon's now illuminated north pole.

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