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December 27 2016 Astronomy Newsletter

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Top Astronomy Stories 2016
Nothing in astronomy in 2016 topped the February announcement that the LIGO collaboration had finally detected gravitational waves, ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein. However this wasn't the only story in astronomy for 2016, and they range from the Solar System to a distant supercluster.

*Happy New Year*
The new year begins on January 1st for those using the Gregorian calendar. Good wishes to everyone for 2017, whichever calendar you're using!

(1) December 28, 1882: Arthur Eddington was born. He was an English astrophysicist and one of the most eminent scientists of his day, made famous by testing Einstein's theory of general relativity during a total solar eclipse.
(2) January 1, 1801: Giuseppe Piazzi discovered Ceres.
(3) January 2, 1920: Isaac Asimov was born. The great science fiction writer also wrote a number of books on astronomy and other sciences.
(4) January 2, 2004: The Stardust spacecraft encountered Comet Wild. Its mission was to collect samples and return them to Earth.

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