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May 26 - EXOSAT

The European X-Ray Satellite (EXOSAT) was launched on May 26th 1983, and was operational until April 9th 1986, studying x-ray binaries, active galactic nuclei, and other x-ray sources.  123 more words


May 22 - 41 Daphne

Asteroid 41 Daphne was discovered on May 22nd 1856 by Hermann Goldschmidt. It is a C-type, main belt asteroid, orbiting in 9:22 mean orbital resonance with Mars. 133 more words


May 17 - Norman Lockyer

Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer was born on May 17th 1836 in Rugby.  He has two main claims to fame: founding the journal Nature (which I used to read occasionally until I realized I couldn’t understand a word of it) and the discovery of helium, which, because he first identified it in solar spectra, he named after the handsome Greek god of the Sun,  61 more words


May 11 - 11 Parthenope

Main belt asteroid 11 Parthenope was discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on May 11th, 1850.  It is an S-type, and about 153 km across.  Parthenope, in Greek mythology, was one of the Sirens.   258 more words


Cosmic Beacons Reveal Milky Way Ancient Core

Astronomers have discovered that the central 2000 light years within the Milky Way Galaxy hosts an ancient population of stars. These stars are more than 10 billion years old and their orbits in space preserve the early history of the formation of the Milky Way. 611 more words

Astronomers Found '3 Habitable New Worlds.'

There’s been doubts and speculations that life could exist on some other planets yet undiscovered but recent finds by astronomers may have something different to prove. 405 more words

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April 28 - Oorter Space

We have two birthdays today.

Johann Oskar Backlund was born on April 28th 1846 in Länghem, Sweden, but after university spent his career in firstly Tartu, Estonia (part of Imperial Russia at the time) and then Pulkovi (also Russia). 353 more words