January 5 in Physics History - Births – Physicists born on January 5
No Physicist Born on This Day
January 5 in Physics History - Deaths – Physicists died on January 5
Max Born (11 Dec 1882 - 5 Jan 1970)
John Young (24 Sep 1930 - 5 Jan 2018)
He was the commander of the first-ever Space Shuttle mission in 1981. He walked on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission. He was the first person to fly into space six times and piloted four different classes of spacecraft. Young worked for NASA for 42 years and retired at the age of 74.
January 5 in Physics History - Events – Physics Events on January 5
X-rays Discovery Published
Discovery of Dwarf Planet Eris
On this day, in 2005, the second-largest dwarf planet was discovered on images. At first, Eris appears to be slightly larger than Pluto and so, scientists thought that this could be the 10th member of the planets of our solar system. But, in 2006, after the IAU adopted the right definition of planets, it no longer qualified as one. So it was put in the list of dwarf planets along with Pluto.
First Successful Aurora Photograph
German physicist Martin Brendel made the first photograph of the Aurora in 1892. The photograph was not so clear and was limited to a blurred picture. It was because of the fact that, the task was not that easy. Because of lack of technology and flickering of the Aurora, it was a low contrast picture. One of the photographs was published in the Century Magazine which conveyed some sense of the shape of the Aurora.