This Day In Astro History

October 16

2012 - The extrasolar planet Alpha Centauri Bb is discovered and becomes the "closest to Earth" extra solar planet.

2001 NASA's Galileo spacecraft, during its 32nd orbit of Jupiter, passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io and successfully completed a close study near Io's south pole of an area called Gish Bar Patera, a 106 km by 115 km depression showing recent lava flows.

A fly-through of the Alpha Centauri System.

Gish Bar Patera, Io
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