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NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earthlings' home planet from the viewpoint of aliens on Saturn next month, snapping the image from hundreds of millions of miles away. Cassini picture of Earth from Saturn 2006 "While Earth will be only about a pixel in size from Cassini's vantage point 1.44 billion kilometres …

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El Reg in a Time Warp?

"NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earthlings' home planet from the viewpoint of aliens on Saturn today, snapping the image from hundreds of millions of miles away."

BBC is reporting that the image will be taken on Friday 19 July.

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Re: El Reg in a Time Warp?

As is JPL. Easy to see how such a mistake can be made, announcing something yesterday that will happen in exactly a month an a day, but still you'd expect something like that to be caught.

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20040618/

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Re: El Reg in a Time Warp?

NASA & JPL've been living in the future so long, it's become like the present. That or the space-time continuum has sprung a leak.

Regardless, well done (or should that be 'well to be done').

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Re: El Reg in a Time Warp?

Actually I wondered for a moment if I'd quoted the wrong thing when I saw the obvious date coding in that URL. 2004? Check the news release, yes, it is dated yesterday. El Reg is out by a month. JPL is out by nine years.

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Shouldn't we be

Turning down the lights a little so as not to entice human eating 60' tall green and red aliens to our planet like moths to an outside light?

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Selfie

So us earthlings are taking a selfie then?

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Re: Selfie

Everyone get ready to put on your pouting duck-face..

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Where and When

From a bit of research, us Brits should smile to the south west at half past ten in the evening on the 19th July.

But then again, knowing Britain, our part of the pixel will be under cloud anyway.

For the pedants, it's from 21:27 UTC for about 15 minutes. Saturn will be at Alt: 15.2° Az: 226.7°.

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Smile Please

Will the Moon be photo-bombing us do you think.

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Being a proud Aussie

I'll be photo-bombing the snapshot with a moon of my own.

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Re: Being a proud Aussie

I expect Venus will pull the 'rabbit ears' thing again.

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Re: Smile Please

I expect the moon will be sharing our pixel. It's not in a direct line though.

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Re: Being a proud Aussie

If you're in Australia, you'll be on the wrong side of the planet at the time of the photo.

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Re: Being a proud Aussie

No, the Earth will obstruct the view of Venus

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Re: Being a proud Aussie

Venus?

Surely you mean Uranus.

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A pixel...

The Earth will be just a pixel.

Until somebody says "Enhance!"

(the "CSI" one, please).

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They caught it just right...

... I can see someone reading this article ElReg on an iPad from there. Through a Tube train window. On the Victoria line, pulling into Pimlico. That CSI software is good...

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...pale blue dot...

Excellent.

I need to watch that series again.

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Which Month

I'm confused. Is it today or 19th July?

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Re: Which Month

Yes, it's 19 July.

C.

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Awesome

that is all.

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Tomorrow will be the wonderful news that we won WWII or something.

Later, that I acquired the ability to submit handwriting or something.

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