Wave at Saturn Today

This simulated view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows the expected positions of Saturn and Earth on July 19, 2013, around the time Cassini will take Earth’s picture. Cassini will be about 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away from Earth at the time. That distance is nearly 10 times the distance from the sun to Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is near Saturn, and its cameras today will be taking photos of the ringed planet from just the right perspective that Earth will be in the background of the shot.

Between 5:27 pm (EDT) and 5:42 pm (EDT)  – thats between 2:27 pm and 2:42 pm for those of us on the West Coast – on July 19, Earth will be a small dot near the rings of Saturn in the Cassini photographs.

So, if you ever wanted to be in a photo from Saturn, look up this afternoon and wave.  Don’t forget to smile!

An article about the event is on Space.com – [link].

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