. On this day in 1816 – November 25th – American lawyer, astronomer and pioneering astrophotographer Lewis Morris Rutherfurd was born in Morrisania, New York.
After practicing law for a number of years, Rutherfurd gave it up for astronomy. He was a pioneer of astrophotography, inventing the first telescope designed specifically for astrophotography. With the telescope he made high quality images of the Sun, Moon and planets as well as star clusters and stars down to around fifth magnitude. Rutherfurd was an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society, and one of the original members of the National Academy of Sciences.
. On this day in 1885 – November 27th – the first known photograph of a meteor was taken.
Austro-Hungarian astronomer Ladislaus Weinek caught a 7mm-long trail at his Prague observing station during the Andromedid meteor shower. (Since the 19th century the Andromedids have faded so much that they're no longer generally visible to the naked eye.)
. On this day in 1967 – November 29th – Australia became the 4th nation to launch a satellite from its own territory.
The satellite (Wresat) was a joint venture of the Weapons Research Establishment and the University of Adelaide's Physics Department. It collected and sent back data about the composition of the upper atmosphere for 73 orbits.
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