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Friday, July 19, 2013

Smile, we're on candid camera

The day some of us have been waiting for is here: picture day! Between 4:27 and 4:42 pm this afternoon my time, here in Tennessee (that's between 21:27 and 21:42 UTC, counting down), we're getting our photo snapped. Astronomer Carolyn Porco wants us all to smile and wave at Saturn. This one's for the yearbook.

The point is not to make anyone feel small, but to remind us all that we're  in the same vulnerable, beautiful little lifeboat. Consider again that dot...

Last time, the photographer caught us candidly. Picture turned out fine, but perhaps a little primping wouldn't have hurt.

This time, if we give the moment a little forethought, maybe the lingering afterglow will lift our collective consciousness just enough to secure the planet's continued congeniality for our form of life. It is still, after all, the only home we've ever known.

Postscript, Jy 22:
YES! Cassini's images of us, our world & our moon, on a very special day in the life of Planet Earth

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