Saturn

The Day the Earth Smiled

On July 19, 2013,” The Day The Earth Smiled”
Cassini will seize a rare opportunity to image the whole Saturn system and the Earth. We encourage Earthlings to go outside and to wave at our robotic photographer. Look in the direction of Saturn, smile and wave.
Cassini, as some of you know, is a satellite that is orbiting around the planet Saturn this very minute. On July 19th 2013, Cassini will have a rare opportunity where Saturn will be blocking the Sun and allowing the satellite to engage in more unique ring science. Earth will be in view as well allowing us to wave at Saturn as Cassini takes some snapshots. Cassini’s cameras will take a series of pictures over about 15 minutes in the afternoon of July 19 from 5:27 to 5:42 p.m. EDT.

Hold your own event on July 19th to celebrate the opportunity of waving at a planet that is 898 million miles away or 1.4 billion km from Earth. Bring your camera, and share your photos on flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/wave_at_saturn/ or join the facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/events/650683051626720/

For details about where to look or events in your area go to http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/the-day-the-earth-smiled.html http://go.nasa.gov/14IecjL

August 10, 2013, will be an “International Starry Night,” as Astronomy clubs around the world will be hosting public events during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

During this event, in order to reduce harmful light pollution and reveal the starry night sky, citizens and businesses are encouraged to voluntarily turn off all unnecessary lighting.

Did you know that the National Park Service predicts that by 2025, 90% of people in America will never see a starry night sky once in their lifetime? Did you know that the American Medical Association unanimously declared light pollution harmful to human health and safety? Did you know that light pollution is a waste of energy and significantly increases air pollution and C02 levels?

Come out and enjoy the starry night sky in all its wonder and learn more about harmful llght pollution.

For more info visit www.starry-night.org
Michael Uberty will be hosting events for both astrological occurrences in LeRoy.
You can contact him at muberty@gmail.com or 585-297-7550

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