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January 27 2016 Astronomy Newsletter

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Astronomy Tributes to David Bowie
If astronomers talk about the death of stars, it's probably not pop stars they mean. Unless the pop star created Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom and Aladdin Sane, and sang “Life on Mars”, “Starman” and “Hallo Spaceboy”. Here are some of the astronomy tributes to David Bowie.

*Birth anniversaries*
(1) Welsh astronomer Isaac Roberts was born on January 27, 1829. He was a pioneer of astrophotography. This photograph, taken in 1888, shows the disk and spiral structure of M31, now known as the Andromeda Galaxy. In order to get such a picture of a distant object, you need to keep the camera on it for a long exposure, which means tracking the object as the Earth turns. Here is the photo:
(2) Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius was born on January 28, 1611. He was one of the 17th century's most respected and prolific astronomers, studying sunspots and the Moon, discovered several comets, and produced an influential star atlas. You can read more about his life here:

*Death on the Launchpad*
On January 27, 1967 Apollo 1 astronauts Edward White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee died, trapped in the cockpit as a flash fire swept through the pure oxygen atmosphere. They were taking part in s test on the launchpad.

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