On this in 1963, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
She spent over two days orbiting the Earth 48 times in Vostok 6.
This mission was Valentina’s only space mission. She spent 18 months training with the Soviet Air Force prior to her launch. She was only 24 years old and still holds the title as the youngest woman, the only woman to orbit the Earth solo and the first civilian to fly in space.
Upon her return to Earth, she the toured world to promote Soviet space achievements and later became heavily involved in Soviet politics serving in their parliament or “Duma” for some time.
You can read more about Valentina Tereshkova’s life here.
The Geminid meteor shower is an annual meteor shower that occurs in mid-December. It is called the Geminid meteor shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini in the night sky. The Geminid meteor shower is usually one of the best meteor showers of the year, with up to 120 meteors visible per hour at its peak. The Geminids are caused by debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which orbits the Sun once every 1.4 years.
The meteors are visible from around December 4th to 17th each year, with the peak of the shower occurring on the night of December 13th and the early morning of December 14th. To see the Geminids, you should go to a location with a clear, dark sky and look up towards the constellation Gemini. The best time to view the meteor shower is from around 10:00 p.m. to dawn.
Ok so this might be a little premature 10 years out from the event, but hey – why not get the hype machine rolling early right? There’s a lot of time to prepare and practice or at the very least, scratch a few days off your future calendar to come join us and the rest of Sydney for a total solar eclipse with a “greatest duration” of totality that passes right over the Bintel store in Glebe! Almost 4 glorious minutes of darkness await during totality. To check the map for your predicted time and proximity to totality check NASA’s website here.