This Day In Astro History

Johann Bode
Johann Bode
Jacobus Kapteyn
Jacobus Kapteyn

January 19

2006 The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto. The closest approach to Pluto occurred at 11:49 UTC on July 14, 2015 at a range of 7,750 miles (12,472 km) from the surface.

1747 - Johann Bode's birthday, publicizer of the Titus-Bodelaw, a nearly geometric progression of the distances of the planets from the Sun. 

1851 - Jacobus Kapteyn's Birthday, Bruce Medalist 1913, who studied the distribution and motion of half a million stars and created the first modern model of the size and structure of the Milky Way Galaxy.
New Horizons launch
New Horizons, mission to Pluto, is launched.
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