What the Earth and Moon look like from Saturn

Jul 22, 2013 by Jason Major
Earth and Moon imaged from Cassini on July 19, 2013

Did you smile and wave at Saturn on Friday? If you did (and even if you didn't) here's how you—and everyone else on Earth—looked to the Cassini spacecraft, 898.4 million miles away.

Hope you didn't blink!

The image above is a color-composite made from raw images acquired by Cassini in red, green, and blue visible light wavelengths. Some of the specks around the edges are background stars, and others are the result of high-energy particle noise, of which some have been digitally removed.

The Moon is the bright dot just below and to the left of Earth. (An original raw image can be seen here.)

Cassini acquired the images while capturing views of Saturn in eclipse against the Sun between 22:24:00 UTC on July 19 and 02:43:00 UTC on July 20 (6:24 to 10:43 pm EDT July 19.) On Cassini time, the Earth imaging took place between 22:47:13 UTC (6:47:13 pm EDT) and 23:01:56 UTC (7:01:56 pm EDT) on the 19th.

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cantdrive85
2.9 / 5 (9) Jul 22, 2013
Ummm... That's an interesting notion to produce an article about a pretty picture and not include the pretty picture(nor a link to the original). Am I on Yahoo!? Must have blinked. <;o
Humpty
1 / 5 (4) Jul 22, 2013
You can see my bum hole if you look hard enough.
DarkHorse66
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 29, 2013
You can see my bum hole if you look hard enough.

Since the picture is now 'inserted' (however belatedly), I just h-a-v-e to ask...It looks tiny...and isn't that where the 'sun is NOT supposed to shine?' (to quote a rather descriptive euphemism sometimes used to describe that particular piece of anatomy?) Sorry (?), but(t), since you drew attention to this 'special' feature I just couldn't resist.. ;D
Maybe a more savoury option would have been to send some feedback to the editors about the missing bits. They were quite prompt in correcting the error, once the 'note' was sent.
All the Best. DH66
Sinister1811
2.5 / 5 (8) Jul 29, 2013
You can see my bum hole if you look hard enough.


Depends on whether it's a full moon. lol From a distance, you can see the black hole.