Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 14, 2018

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12. During launch the rocket was struck twice by lightning. The astronauts aboard were Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon Jr. and Alan Bean. Learn about Apollo 12

Night Sky Update For The Week of November 13, 2018

This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Tuesday, November 13. Times are given as local St. Louis time in Central Standard Time due to the time change coming this Sunday. For definitions of terminology used in the night sky update, click the highlighted text. Information updated weekly or… Continue reading

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 13, 2018

*Image Credit: Philip Park. CC BY 3.0 The red supergiant star known as UY Scuti is currently listed as the largest known star. Its current radius is listed at roughly 1,708 times larger than the Sun’s. Learn about UY Scuti, the monster star.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 12, 2018

Image Credit: ALMA CC BY-SA 4.0 Tonight by 10pm you can find the constellation Orion in the east. The bright red star in his top left corner is called Betelgeuse. This giant star is roughly 1,000 times larger than the sun. Learn some facts about Betelgeuse

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 9, 2018

Carl Sagan was born today in 1934. Best known for the book and PBS series, “Cosmos,” Sagan was also a leading figure in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, known as SETI. Learn more about Carl Sagan

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 8, 2018

Today in 1656, Edmund Halley was born. He believed that some comets orbit the sun and return periodically. He predicted the return of comet Halley in 1758. Halley’s Comet will return in 2061. Learn more about Halley’s Comet

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 7, 2018

If you look east at 8pm tonight you will find a V-shape of stars and a small spoon shape of stars. These are the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters located in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Learn more about Mercury