This Day In Astro History


Solar Eclipse by Luc Viatour
Solar Eclipse 1999

August 11

1999 -  Last total solar eclipse in the 20th century. The 50 mile wide path of totality extended from the western Atlantic ocean, through Europe and Turkey, all the way across India into the Indian Ocean.

1962 - Launch of Vostok 3. Crewed by Andriyan Nikolayev, this flight had many "firsts".  Vostok 3 & 4 were the first simultaneous flight of two spacecraft, launched one day apart and coming within a few kilometres of each other.

1877 - Mars's outer satellite Deimos first seen, by Asaph Hall of the U.S. Naval Obs.. He turned up Phobos, the larger of Mars's two moons, six nights later.
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