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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930461 01/19/19 10:58 AM
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On this day in 1851 - January 19th - Jacobus Kapteyn was born.

Kapteyn was a Dutch astronomer best known for his studies of the Milky Way. He first discovered evidence that galaxies rotate.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930462 01/20/19 09:35 AM
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On this day in 1747 - January 19th - Johann Bode was born.

Although his name lives on in "Bode's Law", he was, more importantly, a celestial cartographer who created two influential sky atlases.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930465 01/20/19 09:42 AM
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On this day in 2006 - January 19th - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was launched.

The spacecraft made a flyby of the Plutonian system in the summer of 2015, and on New Year's Day 2019, followed it up with a flyby of the Kuiper Belt object informally called Ultima Thule.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930472 01/21/19 09:06 PM
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On this day in 2014 - January 20th - ESA's Rosetta spacecraft awoke from a deep space hibernation of over thirty months.

Rosetta's historic mission saw her then catch up with a comet, go into orbit around it, put a lander on its surface, and follow the comet as it went around the Sun.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930473 01/21/19 09:08 PM
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On this day in 1930 - January 20th - Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin was born.

The second man to step onto the Moon has been an astronaut, Air Force combat pilot, aerial gunnery instructor and flight commander. His doctoral thesis at MIT was on techniques for manned orbital rendezvous.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930475 01/22/19 06:42 PM
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On this day in 1573 - January 20th - German astronomer Simon Marius was born.

Marius claimed he had seen Jupiter's moons before Galileo. Galileo's documentation was more extensive and published first, but the suggestions Marius made for naming the four large moons were eventually adopted.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930476 01/22/19 06:46 PM
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On this day in 1908 - January 21st - astronomer and astrophysicist Bengt Strömgren was born.

He applied quantum mechanics to understanding stars, produced pioneering work in the chemical composition of stars, and discovered vast shells of ionized hydrogen around stars, now known as Strömgren Spheres.



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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930477 01/23/19 12:52 PM
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On this day in 1592 - January 22nd - Pierre Gassendi was born.

Gassendi was a French philosopher, priest, astronomer, and scientific observer, experimentalist and chronicler. He was the first person ever to see a planet transiting the Sun when he observed the 1631 transit of Mercury.



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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930484 01/23/19 10:16 PM
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On this day in 2003 - January 22nd - Pioneer 10's last signal was received.

Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to pass through the asteroid belt, and later the first to pass the orbit of Pluto. Originally designed for a 21-month mission, it lasted more than 30 years.


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Re: 2019: On this day . . . [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #930489 01/24/19 06:29 PM
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On this day in 1986 - January 24th - Voyager 2 flew past Uranus.

This fly-by was the first and only visit of a spacecraft to Uranus.


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