1. Mare Humorum, from a study made in 1875. 2. The Planet Mars, observed September 3, 1877. 3. Aurora Borealis, observed March 1, 1872. 4. Star Clusters in Hurcules, from a study made in June, 1877. 5. The Planet Jupiter, observed November 1, 1880. 6. The Great Nebula in Orion, from a study made in the years 1875-76. 7. The Zodiacal Light, observed February 20, 1876. 8. Total Eclipse of the Sun, observed in Wyoming, July 29, 1878. 9. Partial Eclipse of the Moon, observed October 24, 1874. 10. The Planet Saturn, observed on November 30, 1874.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, passed away Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the Moon.
“To me, that (spaceflight) was the culmination of my being, and what can I learn from this? What is it we are learning? That’s important, because I think what we’re trying to do is discover ourselves and our place in the cosmos, and we don’t know. We’re still looking for that.” - Edgar Mitchell in 1997 interview for NASA’s oral history program.
Comet Meets Moon and Morning Star : A crescent Moon and brilliant Venus met in predawn skies on December 7, a beautiful conjunction of planet Earths two brightest celestial beacons after the Sun. Harder to see but also on the scene was Comet Catalina . The fainter comet clearly sporting two tails, lunar night side, bright sunlit lunar crescent, and brilliant morning star, are all recorded here by combining short and long exposures of the same field of view. Pointing down and right, Catalinas dust tail tends to trail behind the comets orbit. Its ion tail, angled toward the top left of the frame, is blowing away from the Sun. Discovered in 2013, the new visitor from the Oort cloud was closest to the Sun on November 15 and is now outbound, headed for its closest approach to Earth in mid-January. via NASA