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2013 July 19
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Take a Picture of Saturn
Image Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel (TWAN)

Explanation: Take a picture of Saturn in the sky tonight. You could capture a view like this one. Recorded just last month looking toward the south, planet Earth and ruins of the ancient temple of Athena at Assos, Turkey are in the foreground. The Moon rises at the far left of the frame and Saturn is the bright "star" at the upper right, near Virgo's alpha star Spica (picture with labels). If you do take a picture of Saturn or wave at Saturn and take a picture, you can share it online and submit it to the Saturn Mosaic Project. Why take a picture tonight? Because the Cassini spacecraft will be orbiting Saturn and taking a picture of you.

Interplanetary News: Photo Op from Cassini and MESSENGER - just be sure to smile and wave.
Tomorrow's picture: pixels in space

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