Astronomy Fact of the Day: March 25, 2019

On this date in 1928 James Arthur Lovell Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He flew aboard Gemini 7 and Apollo 8. He is most noted for his role as commander of Apollo 13. Learn more about James Lovell. Image By NASA – NASA Human Space Flight Gallery, Public Domain, Link

Astronomy Fact of the Day: March 24, 2019

Rising in the northeast around 9pm is the bright orange/red star Arcturus. This bright red giant star is part of the constellation Bootes. Learn more about the constellation Bootes. Image By Till Credner – Own work: AlltheSky.com, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Astronomy Fact of the Day: March 23, 2019

On this date in 1912, Wernher Von Braun was born in Germany. This scientist became director of NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center in the 1960’s. His team developed the Saturn V rockets, which took the Apollo astronauts to the moon. Learn more about the Saturn V.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: March 20, 2019

The Vernal or Spring Equinox occurs today. This marks the beginning of spring. It is also one of two times earth’s ecliptic crosses our celestial equator. Therefore, the sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox. Learn more about the Spring Equinox. Image Credit: Image by Przemyslaw “Blueshade” Idzkiewicz. CC BY-SA 2.0,… Continue reading

Astronomy Fact of the Day: March 18, 2019

On this date in 1965 the Russian spacecraft Voskhod 2 was launched. On board was cosmonaut Alexei Leonov who became the first person to perform a spacewalk. Leonov’s spacewalk lasted 20 minutes. Learn more about the Alexei Leonov.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: March 17, 2019

Tonight the moon will exhibit a waxing gibbous phase. 84% of the lunar disk will appear illuminated. Look for the impact crater named Tycho in the southern highlands of the moon. Learn more about the Tycho crater.