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.