This Day In Astro History


voyager captures Uranus
voyager
Voyager 2

January 24

1986 - Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus. Voyager 2 obtained clear images of each of the five large moons of Uranus Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania and Oberon (known before encounter, and discovers ten new moons. Methane, which absorbs red light, was discovered in the planet's upper atmosphere explaining Uranus' blue-green colour. 

1990 - Hiten Launch (Japan Moon Mission)

1978 - Cosmos 954 reentered the earth's atmosphere and was located near Yellowknife, Northwestern Territories.

1882 - American solar astronomer Harold Babcock's birthday. He proposed that the sunspot cycle was a result of the Sun's differential rotation and magnetic field (1961).
recovering space debris
Recovering Kosmos 954 debris
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