This Day In Astro History

Bailey's Beads

May 3

2007 - Death of Wally Schirra, American Astronaut born in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was one of the first seven astronauts chosen by NASA and he flew to space three times. Time in space 12d 7h 12m; Mercury-Atlas 8, Gemini 6A, Apollo 7.

1715 - During an eclipse in England  Edmond Halley is the first to report the phenomenon later known as Baily's Beads; also notes bright red prominences and the east-west asymmetry in the corona, which he attributes to an atmosphere on the Moon or Sun.

1779 - Death of John Winthrop, Physicist, Astronomer, Educator who was a foremost scientist in early America. He observed the transits of Mercury in 1740 and 1761 and journeyed to Newfoundland to observe a transit of Venus in 1761.
John Winthrop
John Winthrop
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