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Space Day (1st Friday of May)

This year, May 1 is Space Day! It is different than Astronomy Day, which is May 2 this year. It just happens to fall the day before Astronomy Day this year.

I found some great photos on rawpixel to commemorate it. There are some from NASA and also some illustrations from the 1880s from Trouvenot from the New York Public Library collection. I thought it was interesting to compare the illustrations with the actual photos that we have now with advanced technology. You can compare the illustration of Jupiter with the photo of Jupiter.

Give it a try! We are good at this!


What is Space Day?

Space Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of May. An unofficial educational holiday created in 1997 by Lockheed Martin, Space Day aims to promote the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields among young people.

The day also encourages the public and especially the youth to learn more about space and space exploration.

Space, also called outer space refers to the void that exists between the Earth's upper atmosphere and other celestial bodies in the known and unknown universe. While the term space might make it seem like the vast expanse of the universe beyond the Earth's atmosphere is empty, it is in fact, not empty at all. Space is full of different form of radiation and lots of debris from the formation of our solar system. Some of this debris is in the form of meteors, comets, and asteroids.






Great Comet of 1881

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