Tuesday 3 December 2013

Astronomy Scrapbook Wednesday 4th December 2013

On This Day
December 4th 1973

Pioneer 10 is at its closest approach to Jupiter, at a distance  of 132,252 km.The first spacecraft to reach Jupiter. Pioneer 10 had been launched on March 3rd 1972.

Pioneer 10 at Jupiter

On This Day
December 4th 2002

A total Solar Eclipse occurred, this was the first solar eclipse in December since 22nd December 1889, the next total solar eclipse in December will be on 14th December 2020.
The next long gap between Solar eclipses in December will be between 27th December 2084 and 9th December 2197. 

December 2002 TSE

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