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.
What would you do if you had sixty minutes to introduce yourself to the basics of computer programming? Computer Science Education Week is a worldwide event designed to help answer that very question and educate people on the importance of computer science. 2018’s Computer Science Education Week starts on December 3rd, falling as it does… Continue reading
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.
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.
The night sky has long been used to track the change of seasons. For many northern hemisphere observers Orion is the herald of winter. Orion is rising around 7pm tonight. Learn more about Orion the Hunter.
Last quarter moon occurs today. The moon will be just past perigee which is when the moon is closest to Earth. Learn more about Perigee and Apogee
Tonight the moon will rise just before midnight. Using binoculars look to the moon’s southern highlands and you will find Crater Clavius. This was site of a fictional moon base in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Learn more about Crater Clavius.
Image Credit : Till Credner, CC BY-SA 3.0 Looking north at 8pm you will find the house-shaped constellation Cepheus. On the southern edge of Cepheus you can find the star Mu Cephei. This red supergiant is about 1,650 times the size of the sun. Learn more about the constellation of Cepheus.
This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Tuesday, November 27. 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
The moon rises tonight at 9:28pm. Using binoculars you will find a lunar escarpment called Rupes Altai on the southern half of the terminator. This cliff is about 256 miles long. Learn more about Rupes Altai