April 29: This day in sci-fi history

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May 3, 2017, 12:22 AM EDT (Updated)

On this day in 1951, The Thing From Another World premiered in theatres. Based on the 1938 novella Who Goes There? by Don A Stuart, the movie follows the story of an alien invader discovered frozen in ice. This is a special effects marvel, team, and now that we know some of you are huge fans of 1950s invasion movies, we’re all over this kind of thing.

Today is also International Astronomy Day, a holiday created to “bring astronomy to the people.” Originally, the intent was to set up telescopes in various places and share knowledge of the stars with the average passer-by. The holiday was started by the Astronomical Association of Northern California in 1973, and if you’re interested in getting into astronomy, a good place to start is NASA’s “Astronomy 101” page.

Finally, in “books to add to your summer reading list” news – it was on this day in 2005 that the film version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy premiered. Directed by Garth Jennings, the movie starred Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman, may he rest in peace.