Saturn is FAR AWAY. To give you a sense of the distance to Saturn, if you were to fly on a jet traveling at 600 mph without stopping- you would arrive on Saturn in 152 YEARS. A rocket traveling at 17,500 mph can get you there faster - 5 years.
& today (because of an eclipse of the sun- no blinding of the camera will occur) it will be able to photograph Saturn's ring system and capture a Pale Blue Dot in the distance. That is us!
So at the following times, make sure to go outside & wave in the direction of Saturn (Where is Saturn?)
US Time Zones:
EDT: 5:27-5:42 pm
CDT: 4:27-4:42 pm
MDT: 3:27-3:42 pm
PDT: 2:27-2:42 pm
Carolyn Porco, head of the Cassini mission's imaging team, is orchestrating this & she refers to it as "a global moment of cosmic self-awareness".
As she so eloquently puts it:
"My sincere wish is that people the world over stop what they're doing at the time the Earth picture is taken, to revel in the sheer wonder of simply being alive on a pale blue dot of a planet, and to appreciate the ever-widening perspective of ourselves and our world that we have gained from our interplanetary explorations. We are dreamers, thinkers, and explorers, inhabiting one achingly beautiful planet, yearning for the sublime, and capable of the magnificent. Let's celebrate that, and make this one day a day the whole Earth smiles in unison."
Smile for the camera!
Here is the photo!