Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Smile for the camera

The pale blue dot's about to get an update!
On July 19, 2013, the Cassini cameras will be turned to image Saturn and its entire ring system during the planet's eclipse of the sun. In the lower right, among the outer diffuse rings that encircle Saturn, will be a small speck of blue light with all of us on it. A mosaic of  images covering the rings from one end to the other, some taken in those filters that are used to make a natural color scene -- that looks like what human eyes would see -- will be taken at this time.  Also to be recorded: an image of the highest resolution that we are capable of taking, in which we will find Earth and its moon.  One will be a colorless, star-like point of light.  The other, of course, will be a pale blue dot... Carolyn Porco
RDFRS: July 19, 2013: A Day To Celebrate the Pale Blue Dot

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