pesco at November 13th, 2013 14:06 — #1
bookburn at November 13th, 2013 16:12 — #2
So I showed this to a student and pointed out Earth. He wants to know why the side of Earth facing the probe is lit up if the sun is in a position behind Saturn (and relatively behind Earth). I don't have a good answer. Suggestions?
crenquis at November 13th, 2013 16:45 — #3
Because the Earth is probably heading towards the other side of the sun -- i.e. the sun is not behind the earth (edit).
Another edit: here are the positions of the planets on 19 Jul 13
If the probe is right behind Saturn, then the Earth and Venus should have almost their full disc illuminated somewhat obliquely and Mars is more or less fully facing the probe from the back side of the sun.
Here is a close up of the inner planets: (the probe would be in the bottom left corner)
Planet position images from:
Solar System Live
indubitably at November 13th, 2013 20:53 — #4
Love Our Space, Totally!
letianmoon at November 13th, 2013 20:54 — #5
indubitably at November 13th, 2013 21:01 — #6
indubitably at November 13th, 2013 21:02 — #7
jamie_myers at November 13th, 2013 21:12 — #8
anyone here know why the rings look like they're refracting when they are in front of the planet?
pesco at November 18th, 2013 14:03 — #9
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