Night Sky Update For The Week of November 20, 2018

This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Tuesday, November 20. 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

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 18, 2018

Today in 1923, Alan B. Shepard was born. Shepard was the first American to reach space as part of project Mercury. Shepard also walked on the Moon as commander of Apollo 14. Learn more about Alan Shepard

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 17, 2018

The Milky Way galaxy is in a galaxy cluster called the Local Group. This cluster has around 50 members the largest of which are the Andromeda, Milky Way and Triangulum galaxies. Learn more about the Local Group

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 16, 2018

Photo: The Leonid meteor shower as seen from space, 1997, credit NASA The Leonid meteor shower peaks tomorrow. Best views will come after midnight looking east. The Leonids are expected to peak at 15 meteors per hour. Learn about the solar terminators

Astronomy Fact of the Day: November 14, 2018

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12. During launch the rocket was struck twice by lightning. The astronauts aboard were Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon Jr. and Alan Bean. Learn about Apollo 12