Tomorrow morning around 4am you can find Jupiter next to the moon in the southeastern sky. Earth only has one moon whereas Jupiter has 79. Learn more about Jupiter’s moons.
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
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
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.
The current space station, ISS, is part of a long history of space stations. The first space station was Salyut 1. The first US space station was Skylab. Learn more about Skylab.
Tonight the International Space Station will pass overhead starting from the southwest moving to the northeast. This ISS transit begins around 7:33pm. Find out when you can spot the Space Station
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
Tomorrow morning around 4am you will find the Summer Triangle rising in the northeast. This asterism is best seen in the summer. Learn more about the Summer Triangle.
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.
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.