Smile! You’re on Cassini Camera!

What can I say? Amy and I are astronomy geeks through and through.

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We couldn’t resist hamming it up for the Cassini camera last Friday. (The signs were Amy’s idea. But then again…I had an aluminum foil hat on my head.)

 

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And of course, we couldn’t resist taking a picture of Cassini at the same momentous moment. It’s there somewhere.

 

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We explained to our husbands that it could have been worse. We could have been posing in THIS picture.

 

No matter where you were at the moment Cassini snapped this historical photo, here is what Cassini saw from 900 million miles away.
No matter where you were at the moment Cassini snapped this historical photo, here is what  the Earth looked like from 900 million miles away. Amy and I are in that picture somewhere!

It was a great day to be an astronomy geek!

Lynn

Smile – Cassini’s Watching!

Say cheese, or batman, or fuzzy pickles or whatever it takes to get that perfect smile. You’ll want to look good for this one!

On Friday July 19th the Cassini spacecraft 900 million miles from earth will be taking our picture, in an event being called “The Day the Earth Smiled”.   I imagine that this could be one of those events that you’ll look back on and remember where you were, or what you were doing when that historic photo was taken.Saturn

Now I know that to Cassini,  earth will be just a tiny blue dot, and of course no one will see you in the photo standing on top of a building with a huge “Hi Mom” sign, frantically waving your arms and staring up at the sky.  But YOU’LL know that at that moment a beautiful and historic image is being taken from many miles from earth.

While Cassini has taken several photos of the earth over the last nine years, this is the first time that the public has know about it in advance. Making this a special event!

So on Friday at between 2:27 and 2:47pm Pacific daylight time (they’ve accounted for light travel times) whether you choose to go outside and make a scene, or you just take a moment to glance outside, make sure you stop, if only for a moment and smile. You’ll be taking part in recognizing a truly amazing event!

Oh… and don’t forget to say cheese!

Amy

Super Moon – Super Kid

As you well know – on Sunday June 23rd,  we had the appearance of the ‘supermoon’. This time it happened to coincide with the appearance of a ‘superkid’.   I stood in the yard, bathed in the beautiful moonbeams, trying to soak in the moment.  While it’s not an extremely rare event, it doesn’t happen every day. Then just when I thought I’d go inside, my daughter peeked outside and said, “hey mom, put up your telescope so I can take a picture!”

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Well, talk about your rare events! No need to ask twice! I went inside and grabbed my 90mm Meade that sits as a permanent fixture in our family room. I set it up quickly on the back patio. The moon hung just over the neighbors house, a perfect spot. She carefully put her smart phone up to the eyepiece and within seconds had snapped off about four great photos.  Side note – I was a bit jealous that it was so easy for her. I’ve tried to get a good through the eyepiece picture and it’s NOT easy!

Then almost as quickly as it began, it was over. Off she went into the house to share her photo with the world, well, her world anyway.

I’ve been to star parties, seen rare transits, watched eclipses, watched an asteroid tumble by the earth and even met an Apollo astronaut. Of all the rare astronomical events I’ve seen, the most cherished moments are the ones like this, when my children step into my world for a moment and see it the way I do.

Amy