World Space Week 2017 October 9 Space Fact

On October 9, 1604, the world was astonished by what appeared to be a new star shining bright in the sky. What they were seeing was a supernova, which is s star that has exploded increasing its brightness by a thousandfold. This star became known as Kepler’s Supernova after Johannes Kepler who was the astronomer at the imperial court at Prague (though Kepler was not the first recorded observer).

Other events that occurred on October 9 include: 

2009: The LCROSS mission detected water on the moon.

World Space Week runs from October 4 – 10, 2017.

Check back tomorrow for another great World Space Week Space Fact.

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About Robert Madsen

I am an amateur astronomer and have been interested in astronomy since I was four years old. By eight had read Fred Hoyle's Astronomy textbook. By 6th grade I had read every astronomy book in my school's library. You get the picture! I love astronomy and space exploration. I am a member of the Planetary Society, Mars Society, and of course, Western Colorado Astronomy Club.

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