Tonight if you look east at 10pm you will find the waning gibbous moon in the constellation Leo the Lion. This constellation is part of the rising spring sky. Make a moon phases calculator and calendar.
On this date in 1968 Apollo 5 was launched. This mission successfully tested in Earth orbit the Lunar Module’s ascent and descent propulsion systems. Learn more about Apollo 5.
If you wake up early tomorrow morning you will find the planets Jupiter and Venus close together about 10° above the southeastern horizon. This close pairing is called a conjunction. Learn more about Astronomical conjunctions. *image not to scale
Tonight a total lunar eclipse will occur. Partial phases begin around 9:30pm CST. Totality occurs around 11:12pm CST and it all ends a little after 1am CST. Learn about tonight’s eclipse.
Tonight at 8pm you will find the constellation Taurus directly overhead. Taurus is easily identified by find the V-shape star cluster called the Hyades which represents his nose. Learn more about Taurus the constellation.
If you look in the northeast around 9pm you will see a group of stars that look like the letter “M”. This is the constellation Cassiopeia, the Queen. Learn more about Cassiopeia Image Credit: Till Credner [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Tonight around 7pm you can find the brightest star in the night sky rising in the southeast. This star’s name is Sirius also known as the Dog Star which is part of the constellation Canis Major. Learn more about Sirius Image Credit: Mellostorm [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Directly overhead around 9pm is the constellation Auriga the charioteer. This house shaped constellation is crowned by the bright yellow star Capella. Learn more about Auriga
On the 20th this month a total lunar eclipse will occur. The eclipse will last about 4 hours with totality clocking in at 63 minutes. The entire eclipse will be visible from the Americas. When is the next Lunar Eclipse?
The Saint Louis Science Center is gearing up for an exciting 2019 which will feature two special exhibitions, three OMNIMAX® Theater films and special events. Learn more about these special exhibitions, films and events below. Special Exhibitions • GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World opens on Jan. 19 and runs until April 14. This… Continue reading