Later this year, China will attempt to land the Chang'e-4 robot spacecraft & rover on the far side of the Moon. No astronauts have landed there but NASA's unmanned Ranger 4 missed its near-side target & crashed out of control on the far side in 1962. #gam2018 #RandomAstroFact

Star counts: Ptolemy (2nd century AD) listed 1,022 stars in the Almagest. Bonner Durchmusterung (1903) catalogued ~325,000 photographed stars. Data Release 1 from the Gaia satellite tabulates over 1 billion digitally measured stars, with more to come. #gam2018 #RandomAstroFact

Small Australian radio telescopes may have detected cosmic dawn, when the first stars began to shine, about 200 million years after the Big Bang. The signal is 30,000 times weaker than background radio noise from our galaxy, so it needs to be confirmed. #gam2018 #RandomAstroFact

An Argentine amateur astronomer testing a new camera on a small telescope in 2016 serendipitously spotted the birth of a supernova in galaxy NGC 613, photographing a huge increase in brightness over 90 minutes, the first time this phenomenon was seen. #gam2018 #RandomAstroFact

The new-found quasar J1342+0928 is 40 trillion times brighter than the Sun & contains a black hole 800 million times more massive than the Sun. At 13.1 billion light-years from Earth it's the most distant known quasar as of early this year. #gam2018 #RandomAstroFact