On this date in 1977 the Voyager 1 spacecraft launched into space. During its mission Voyager 1 visited the planets Jupiter and Saturn and in 2012 it became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system. Learn More about Voyager 1
The Saint Louis Science Center has been recognized as one of the city’s treasures for decades. And for many years, we have had a familiar logo, one based on our iconic buildings—the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the OMNIMAX® Theater dome on our building at 5050 Oakland Avenue—as well as the Gateway Arch. While this… Continue reading
Ceres is the only Dwarf planet in the inner solar system. It is the largest body in the main asteroid belt making up about 54% of all the mass in the belt. Ceres is currently found in the constellation Leo. Learn More about Ceres
Tonight if you look to the northwest around 9pm you will find the famous Big Dipper. This pattern of stars is not a constellation but rather is an asterism. Learn More about asterisms
Beyond Neptune is the realm of the icy bodies of our solar system. The best known is the dwarf planet Pluto. Other dwarf planets out here are Eris, Makemake and Haumea. Learn More about Dwarf Planets
Look to the northeast tonight around 9pm and you will find the constellation Cassiopeia. She appears as a bright “W” shape of stars which will be useful for finding other objects in the fall sky. Learn More about Cassiopeia
With less than one month left in summer, you can find the fall sky rising by 8:30pm. As fall approaches the spring sky lingers in the west while the fall sky replaces the summer in the east.
Neptune like the rest of the solar system is roughly 4.5 billion years old. It is believed that Uranus and Neptune were closer to the Sun when they formed and later migrated to their current orbits due to gravitational influence from Jupiter and Saturn.
On this date in 1965 Gemini V splashed down to Earth carrying astronauts Charles Conrad and Gordon Cooper. Gemini V was in Earth orbit for nearly eight days.
This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Tuesday, August 28. All times are given as local St. Louis time (Central Daylight 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 star… Continue reading