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What are you doing 4 days from now?
If you look up at the eastern sky, 2:27 p.m. Pacific Time you’ll have the opportunity of a lifetime. If you step into the sun (or the moonlight — depending where you are on the globe…) Cassini is turning her camera’s Earthward to take a picture of our beautiful home planet from the icy rings of Saturn.
Because, it’s totally awesome.
Truly? this is one of those rare moments where Saturn will obscure the sun, leaving a tiny pixel of Earth available for a photo opportunity. Those of us on the west coast are lucky, as Saturn will just be rising in the east (get a clear view of the eastern horizon for best effect).
Saturn’s approximate location is shown, but it will not be not visible in the daylight. However, later after dusk, haul out those binoculars or telescopes to get a great viewing of the ringed planet.
So, will you watch and wave?
According to the Cassini Mission Facebook Page, this exploration has “Revolutionized our view of (Saturn), it’s rings, and moons.”
In the Southern California/Pacific time zone, it’ll be daytime when Saturn passes over head, but that won’t stop folks from standing under our sun and giving a good old fashioned wave.
MissionDescriptionCassini completed its initial four-year mission to explore the Saturn System in June 2008 and the first extended mission, called the Cassini Equinox Mission, in September 2010. Now, the healthy spacecraft is seeking to make exciting new discoveries in a second extended mission called the Cassini Solstice Mission.
If you’re looking for the official source of information about NASA, please visit our homepage at www.nasa.gov.