Friday, 19 July 2013

The Day The Earth Smiled

Starting at 22.27 hrs tonight (as I write this) and lasting nearly three quarters of an hour, the Cassini spacecraft will take both wide- and narrow-angle images of Saturn and (in the wide-angle views) its entire ring system (after whose between-rings division the craft was named) during an eclipse of the Sun.

Our own home planet will also be in shot, near the rings, though at too great a distance to show even in the narrow-angle views, I suspect. Further details are here.

Today is being called the day the Earth smiled, as in 'smiling for the camera' presumably, and no doubt the images will arrive here on Earth, then be processed and (hopefully) made publicly available in due course. I shall try to watch for that...

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