On this day in 2004 – November 20th – The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission was launched.
Swift is a multi-wavelength space observatory designed to study gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Its three instruments work observe GRBs and their afterglows in the gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, and optical wavebands.
On this day in 1885 – November 27th – the first known photograph of a meteor was taken during the Andromedid meteor shower.
Austro-Hungarian astronomer Ladislaus Weinek caught a 7mm-long trail at his Prague observing station. (Since the 19th century the Andromedids have faded so much that they're no longer generally visible to the naked eye.)