Skip to comments.Wave at Saturn
Posted on 06/19/2013 6:33:54 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb
One of the most exciting Cassini events in 2013 will be the unusual opportunity on July 19 to image the whole Saturn system as it is backlit by the sun. With Saturn covering the harsh light of the sun, we will be gathering unique ring science and also catching a glimpse of our very own home planet.
Today is also Mercury’s closest approach to Venus in the evening sky—Venus is maybe 40 times brighter. They should be about 2 degrees apart in the west just after sunset. The two bright stars a little higher are Pollux and Castor in Gemini. I haven’t been able to see them the past several nights because of clouds or haze, but Mercury should be about as bright as those two stars.
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