The Day the Earth Smiled

July 19, 2013 was a special day that you may not even remember. But on that day the Cassini spacecraft was in orbit around Saturn, It turned its cameras so that the sun was behind Saturn so that the planet and its ring system created an eclipse of the sun.

This was not the first time Cassini had done it, but this time was special because the people on Earth knew the image was going to be taken, and many people stopped looked up and smiled.

The result is this composite image from more than 320 images taken using the red, green and blue spectral filters of the wide-angle camera.

If you look real carefully you can see me towards the bottom right of the of Saturn, about 5 o’clock and just inside the bright outer ring. Can’t see me … don’t worry, an annotated view is available to get you started.

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The Day the Earth Smiled

July 19, 2013 was a special day that you may not even remember. But on that day the Cassini spacecraft was in orbit around Saturn, It turned its cameras so that the sun was behind Saturn so that the planet and its ring system created an eclipse of the sun.

This was not the first time Cassini had done it, but this time was special because the people on Earth knew the image was going to be taken, and many people stopped looked up and smiled.

The result is this composite image from more than 320 images taken using the red, green and blue spectral filters of the wide-angle camera.

If you look real carefully you can see me towards the bottom right of the of Saturn, about 5 o’clock and just inside the bright outer ring. Can’t see me … don’t worry, an annotated view is available to get you started.

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