January 14, 2019 - I See Dead Stars

I See Dead Stars  This composite of both ground- and space-based images tells the story of the hunt for an elusive missing object hidden amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in the Small Magellanic Cloud, about 200,000 light-years away. Data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile has revealed a remarkable ring of gas (in red) in a system called 1E 0102.2-7219, expanding slowly within the depths of numerous other fast-moving webs of gas and dust left behind after a supernova explosion. At the center of the ring is a neutron star (blue dot), the remnant of the star that formed this tenuous object after exploding 2,000 years ago. This stellar corpse shines brightly in X-ray wavelengths. Its location within the ring of gas identifies it as the star responsible for this larger structure.

Image credit: ESO/NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/F. Vogt et al.

Weekly Calendar

January 14 - 20, 2019

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History


Moon phase Monday 14

First Qtr Moon 1:46 AM ET
Uranus 5° north of Moon

1975: Earth Resources Technology Satellite is renamed Landsat
2005: Huygens probe lands on Titan
2008: MESSENGER spacecraft makes its first flyby of Mercury

Moon phase Tuesday 15

Venus 8° north of Antares

1973: Luna 21 lander and Lunokhod 2 rover land on Moon
1976: Helios 2 launched
2006: Stardust spacecraft returns samples of comet dust

Moon phase Wednesday 16

1969: First docking of two human spacecraft (Soyuz 5 and Soyuz 4)
2003: STS-107 Columbia launched

Moon phase Thursday 17

1985: 1,037th and final Aerobee sounding rocket launched

Moon phase Friday 18

2002: Gemini South Observatory dedicated

Moon phase Saturday 19

1747: Johann Bode born
1851: Jacobus Kapteyn born
1965: Gemini II launched
2006: New Horizons launched

Moon phase Sunday 20

Total Lunar Eclipse (Middle East, Africa, Europe, Americas, E Russia)

1573: Simon Marius born
1930: Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin born
1966: Apollo A-004 launched, first flight test of CSM hardware
1978: Progress 1 launched

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