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2013: Mega-eruption on IoIoAstronomers using the Keck Observatory's Hawaii-based telescopes and near-infrared cameras capture an image of a devastating volcanic eruption on Io, one of Jupiter's largest moons (and known since 1979 to be very volcanically active). The eruption, unleashing enough molten material to reshape hundreds of square miles of Io's surface, also reveals that the material erupted is hotter than any eruption in Earth's recorded history. This is the most violent eruption seen to date in the solar system, and caps off two weeks of intense activity observed by the astronomers.

2006: Amazing Stories Anthology II soundtrackAmazing StoriesSoundtrack specialty label Intrada releases a 2-CD limited edition set of soundtrack music from the 1980s anthology series Amazing Stories, featuring music by Jerry Goldsmith, David Newman, Craig Safan, Bruce Broughton, and other composers. This is the second volume of three collections of music from Amazing Stories. More about Soundtracks in Music Reviews

1997: Stargate SG-1: Cold LazarusStargate SG-1Pay cable channel Showtime premieres the sixth episode of Stargate SG-1. Harley Jane Kozak guest stars. More about Stargate SG-1 in the LogBook

1988: Soyuz TM-6Soyuz TM-6The Soviet Union launches the Soyuz TM-6 mission to the Mir space station, with cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakhov, Valeri Polyakov and Abdul Ahad Mohmand aboard. Lyakhov and Mohmand remain aboard Mir for only a week, participating in experiments involving both crews, but Polyakov, a medical doctor, remains on Mir to monitor the Expedition 3 crew in the final months of their unprecedented one-year stay in orbit. This crew exchanges spacecraft with the station crew, returning home in the Soyuz TM-5 vehicle after a week on Mir, but their return is plagued by problems both technical and otherwise.

1977: Split Enz experiences DizrythmiaSplit EnzMushroom Records releases the third Split Enz album, Dizrythmia, the first of the group's recorded output to feature frontman Tim Finn's younger brother Neil as the new guitarist. This is also the first album to feature new recruits Nigel Griggs on bass and drummer Mal Green, both of whom will remain through the band at the peak of its success in the early 1980s. More about Split Enz in Music Reviews

1964: Doctor Who: The Tyrant Of FranceDoctor WhoThe 40th episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC. This is part four of the story now collectively known as The Reign Of Terror. This episode is missing from the BBC archives. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from Media

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