Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Astronomy Scrapbook Wednesday 8th January 2014

On This Day (1)
January 8th 1587 birth of Johannes Fabricius

The eldest son of David Fabricius, he would go on to independently discover Sunspots with Galileo.

On This Day (2)
January 8th 1642 death of Galileo

One of the first astronomers to use a telescope to look at the night sky.

On This Day (3)
January 8th 1964 X 15 Rocket Plane sets new speed record

Capt. Joe Engle flying the X-15 Rocket Plane topped reached 3,716 mph at a height of 27 miles to break his own record.

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