This Day In Astro History


Superluminous Supernova comparison
Superluminous Supernova comparison

VAULT Prominence
VAULT Prominence.

June 14

2015 - The ASASSN-15lh supernova was first seen by two telescopes operated by the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae and becomes the most extreme instance yet of a superluminous supernova. Astronomers led by Subo Dong at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University in Beijing reported that they caught it about nine days after its brightness peaked. Report here.

2008 - 15:15 GMT - Landing of STS-124

2003 - Resolving areas as small as 240 kilometers (150 miles or 0.3 arcseconds) on the surface of the Sun, a team of Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists used the Very high Angular resolution ULtraviolet Telescope (VAULT) to take pictures of ultraviolet (UV) light (1216 ) emitted from the upper chromosphere. --Goddard Top Story

1997 - Astronaut Henry Charles Gordon dies at age of 71

1991 - Landing of STS-40 at 15:40 GMT.

1967 - Mariner 5 (USA) launched. Venus flyby mission approached within 3900 km on October 19, 1967.

1975 - Venera 10 (USSR) launched. Venus orbiter and lander mission. It arrived on October 25, 1974. The lander transmitted black and white pictures of the Venusian surface.

1962 - The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris - later becoming the European Space Agency.

1822 - Charles Babbage proposes a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled "Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables".
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