Look south tonight around 6 pm and you will find the Moon in the constellation Capricornus. This is one of the oldest of the 88 constellations astronomers use which comes from the Sumerian culture.
Tonight Mercury will reach its greatest eastern elongation. This will be your best chance to see the elusive planet. Tonight you will find Mercury about 6° above the western horizon 45 minutes after sunset.
The average distance to the moon is around 240,000 miles. The Apollo spacecraft took 3½ days to reach the moon.
Looking to the southeast around midnight you will see Sirius, the Dog star. It is the brightest star in the night sky as viewed from Earth and is hotter than the sun!
The moon will be at apogee today which is when the Moon will reach its greatest distance from Earth. For the current lunation that distance is 406,132 km.
Today in 1998 assembly of the first multinational space station started. Today we call this the International Space Station (ISS) which is periodically visible from our backyards.
This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Tuesday, November 14. All times are given as local St. Louis time (Central Standard 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
On this date in 1969 the Apollo 12 mission landed on the Moon. During Apollo 12 mission astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean rendezvoused with the Surveyor 3 mission on the lunar surface.
New moon occurs today starting lunation 1174. A lunation is the time it takes for the Moon to go from new moon to the next new moon. This takes about 29.5 days which is the basis for our month.
If you look in the north around 6 pm you will see a group of stars that look like the letter ‘W”. This is the fall constellation Cassiopeia, the Queen.