Wave At Saturn Event

Dr. Tabitha Buehler & Dr. Ben Bromley

Come be a part of human history! Wave at Saturn as the NASA Cassini probe takes our photo!

There will be telescopes, lectures, and hands-on activities for the whole family!

Free event open to the public.

Location: Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah
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Date: Friday, July 19, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00pm (photo at 3:27pm)

From JPL's website:

"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.

The main science goal for the mosaic we are making of the Saturn system is to look at the more diffuse rings that encircle Saturn and check for change over time. A previous mosaic of the Saturn system Cassini made in 2006 revealed that the dusty E ring, which is fed by the water-ice plume of the moon Enceladus, had unexpectedly large variations in brightness and color around its orbit. We'll want to see how that looks seven Earth years and a Saturnian season later, giving us clues to the forces at work in the Saturn system. We'll do this analysis by collecting data from our visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, composite infrared mapping spectrometer and ultraviolet imaging spectrograph in addition to the imaging cameras."

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