SETI Institute Waved at Saturn

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Like several thousand people, the SETI Institute waved at Saturn on Friday July 19 at 2:27pm for ~15 min. In full day light, it was impossible to see Saturn on the east close to the horizon but we trusted our local astronomers (and several App on iPhone) to wave and smile in the right direction toward the gaseous planet. It is likely that the Cassini spacecraft had recorded  80 min later a glimpse of photons coming from us.

SETI Institute employees waving at Saturn - picture 2

SETI Institute employees waving at Saturn – picture 2

It was fun to participate to this “global moment of cosmic self-awareness” (Thanks C. Porco), especially on a Friday afternoon.

SETI Institute employees waving at Saturn - picture 1

SETI Institute employees waving at Saturn – picture 1

SETI Institute employees waving at Saturn - picture 3

SETI Institute employees waving at Saturn – picture 3

And you? Did you wave and smile at Saturn? If yes, send your pictures on Twitter/Google+/Facebook with the hashtag #‎DayEarthSmiled‬ or #WaveAtSaturn

Clear Skies,
Franck M.

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 15 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological, using fluorescence microscopy. His currently involved in the development of the Gemini Planet Imager, an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope which will be capable of imaging and record spectra of exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

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