Astronomy This Month

By John Loci

Today in Astronomy History

September 1, 5509 BCE
Day of Creation according to the Byzantine Empire

September 1, 1804
German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding discovers one of the largest main belt asteroids, Juno.

September 1, 1859
The first solar flare is observed and it effects telegraph service.

September 1, 1882
The first observations of the Great September comet of 1882 are made at the Gulf of Guinea and at the Cape of Good Hope.

September 1, 1979
Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn as it passes at 21,000 km


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