The Day the Earth Smiled
Wells & Mendip Astronomers say 'Cheese!' from near Cheddar for Cassini's cameras!
See our photo on the Astronomers Without Borders website
Image: Chris Starr
The View for the Photo to be taken by Cassini on 19th July 2013 Image credit: CICLOPS/NASA-JPL
THE DAY THE EARTH SMILED - THE WHOLE WORLD WAVES AT SATURN!
‘On July 19, 2013, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will be turned to image Saturn and its entire ring system during a total eclipse of the sun, as it has done twice before during its previous nine years in orbit. But this time, the images that will be collected have been specifically designed for something very special. They will capture, in natural color, a glimpse of our own planet next to Saturn and its rings, during an event that will be the first time Earthlings know in advance their picture will be taken from a billion miles away.
It will be a day for all the world to celebrate.’
Dr. Carolyn Porco, Imaging Team Leader, Cassini Mission
WMA members will be celebrating this in an informal meeting at Deer Leap, above Wookey Hole on the road up to Priddy (see map) from 21:00. Bring your ‘scope along for some viewing from a beautiful spot.
Cassini's cameras will begin imaging the Earth at 22:27. We shall be taking a memorable photo of all those present to send to Dr. Porco!
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