The planet Venus is starting to climb out of the Sun’s glare on its way to an evening apparition that lasts most of 2018. Our first glimpse of the bright planet will come near the end of February.
Tomorrow morning look for the planet Saturn rising in the southeast. An easy way to distinguish a planet from a star is stars twinkle and planets normally do not.
Last quarter moon occurs today. The Moon is believed to have formed from an impact between Earth and a Mars sized object about 4.51 billion years ago.
On this date in 1971 the Apollo 14 astronauts became the first humans to play golf on the moon! Alan B. Shepard Jr. hit the golf ball during the mission’s second extravehicular activity.
On this date in 1473, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Poland. From his observations, Copernicus believed that all the planets orbited the Sun. This became known as the Heliocentric Theory of the solar system.
This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Tuesday, February 6, 2018. All times are given as local St. Louis time (Central Standard Time). For definitions of terminology used in the night sky update, click the highlighted text. Information updated weekly or as needed. Join us for our next… Continue reading
On this date in 1974 the U.S. probe named Mariner 10 flew by Venus. This unmanned spacecraft sent the first close up images of Venus back to Earth.
On this date in 1906 Clyde Tombaugh was born in Illinois. He discovered Pluto in 1930. Pluto was once considered a planet but is now classified as a “dwarf planet”.
On this date in 1966 the Soviet spacecraft named Luna 9 made history by being the first unmanned probe to make a soft landing on the moon. Luna 9 landed in an area called the Ocean of Storms.
It is the season for atmospheric optics. These are displays in the sky caused by light passing through different shaped ice crystals.