Flying With Cassini

In the post just previous to this one, you saw some views of Earth and Saturn generated by a very useful online tool, Solar System Simulator. I thought I would use that tool to show you the Cassini spacecraft’s changing view of Saturn as it moves from its current position today (July 10, 2013) to the point at which it will aim its camera toward Earth on July 19. We’ll use the same time (5:30 p.m. EDT) each day to separate each image by 24 hours. Keep in mind that in the last image, even though the Sun is not obscured by Saturn, the camera will be pointed at Earth, not the Sun. The camera will sweep from right to left for over four hours, and by the time it gets to the left edge of Saturn, the Sun will be behind the planet. Enjoy flying with Cassini!

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