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Get Ready to Wave at Saturn: Temecula – Murrieta – Menifee – Lake Elsinore – Corona – and beyond

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).

Shown here, Saturn rising over Los Angeles

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.

Saturn, after dark, seen in the Pacific Dusky Eastern Sky…

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.”

As this is an international project, involving NASA, the European Space Agency, and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), the “Saturn Wave” will be a global affair. Kismet, for the planet, if you will.

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.



Through the mission, about 260 scientists from 17 countries hope to gain a better understanding of Saturn, its stunning rings, its magnetosphere, Titan and its other icy moons.

Cassini 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.


About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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