Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 24, 2018

Tonight if you look south around 8pm you will find the Moon exhibiting a waxing gibbous phase. North of the Moon you will find the bright yellow star Capella which is the 6th brightest star we can see.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 21, 2018

Like all planets Venus orbits the Sun in a counter-clockwise direction. However its axial rotation is opposite that of the other planets. Because of this on Venus the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 18, 2018

On this date in 1930 Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. The New Horizons mission visited Pluto in 2015 and is now less than one year away from its second target. This target is a Kuiper Belt object named 2014 MU69.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 16, 2018

Looking south at 8pm you will find the constellation Orion. He is easily distinguished by the three bright stars in a straight line. If you look below his belt with binoculars the nebula M42 will be found.