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John Dobson

September 14

2015 - 5:51 a.m. EDT - LIGO makes the first direct observation of gravitational waves with an instrument on Earth, using the twin interferometers, located in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington. The program announced their findings on February 11, 2016.

1999 -  NASA announces it's NASA Art Program. In-residence programs for writers, musicians, poets and possible dancers will bring art to the greatest human adventure yet.  Gary Soto from Berkley California,  is announced as NASA's first poet. His task will bring poetry to a future launch. His poem "The Boys First Flight" brings young and old alike to the dreams and adventures of space exploration. Judy Collins wrote and performs "Beyond the Sky" to commemorate Eileen Collin's mission STS-93, the first women to command a spacecraft.

1959 - Luna 2 crashes into the Moon becoming the first human object to reach another celestial body.

1915 - John Dobson's birthday. Founder of the Sidewalk Astronomers. He taught many how to make telescopes affordably and how to use those telescopes: "We have a responsibility to show others what our universe looks like through a telescope--and explain what we're seeing." John Dobson died on January 15, 2014.
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