This Day In Astro History


HETE-2
HETE-2

Peekshill Meteorite fragment
Peekshill Meteorite fragment

October 9

2008 - A "Message from Earth" is beamed to Gliese 581c, an earth-like planet some 30 light years away. The Ukrainian Space Agency delivered the package of 500 messages which is expected to arrive at the target planet in 2029.

2000 - Launch of HETE-2 (High Energy Transient Explorer), a gamma-ray burst observatory, aboard a Pegasus rocket. Gamma-ray bursts are a cosmic explosion with a total (isotropic) energy of 1053-1054 ergs, 100-1000 times as energetic as a supernova!

1992 Peekskill meteorite breaks up over the United States. A 13 kilogram (est.) fragment of the Peekskill meteorite lands in the driveway of the Knapp residence in Peekskill, New York, destroying the family's 1980 Chevrolet Malibu.

Peekskill Meteorite breakup
Peekskill meteorite breakup

1604 - A supernova, Supernova Type I in Ophiuchus,  is discovered and comes to be known as Kepler's Supernova.
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