Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 10, 2018

Believe it or not the Earth is closer to the sun during the winter season but because of the tilt of Earth’s axis we receive less direct sunlight making it cold in the northern hemisphere. Learn about Axial Tilt.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 8, 2018

Tomruen [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons Over the next few weeks we have a good opportunity to see comet 46P/Wirtanen. This comet will be closest to Earth on December 16. It should be a good binocular target. Learn more about Comet 46P/Wirtanen.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 5, 2018

Till Credner [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Look due north tonight around 8pm and you will find the constellation Cassiopeia. We see Cassiopeia most of the year since she is part of our circumpolar sky. Learn more about Cassiopeia

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 4, 2018

On this date in 1996 the Mars Pathfinder mission launched. This mission included the first rover to explore the surface of Mars which was named Sojourner. Learn more about the Pathfinder Mission.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 3, 2018

Pioneer 10 achieved the first flyby of the planet Jupiter on this date in 1973. Since this mission there have been 8 other spacecraft that flew by or orbited Jupiter. Learn more about Jupiter.

Astronomy Fact Of The Day: December 2, 2018

Today near earth asteroid 2018 TG6 will fly by Earth. Its closest approach will be about 4 times the distance to the moon. This 12 meter asteroid poses no threat to Earth. Learn more about tracking small solar system bodies.