Tonight if you look west at 9pm you can find the planet Mars in the constellation Pisces. We will see Mars in the west until September when it reaches superior conjunction. Learn some facts about Mars.
On this date in 1983 NASA launched the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). Among its many achievements this international mission was able to reveal the core of the Milky Way galaxy. Learn more about IRAS Image: Infrared all-sky survey by IRAS
The first flyby of Uranus, by the US spacecraft Voyager 2, occurred on this date in 1986. After 41 years of space travel, Voyager 2 has left the solar system. Learn more about Voyager 2
Tonight if you look east at 10pm you will find the waning gibbous moon in the constellation Leo the Lion. This constellation is part of the rising spring sky. Make a moon phases calculator and calendar.
On this date in 1968 Apollo 5 was launched. This mission successfully tested in Earth orbit the Lunar Module’s ascent and descent propulsion systems. Learn more about Apollo 5.
If you wake up early tomorrow morning you will find the planets Jupiter and Venus close together about 10° above the southeastern horizon. This close pairing is called a conjunction. Learn more about Astronomical conjunctions. *image not to scale
Tonight a total lunar eclipse will occur. Partial phases begin around 9:30pm CST. Totality occurs around 11:12pm CST and it all ends a little after 1am CST. Learn about tonight’s eclipse.
Tonight at 8pm you will find the constellation Taurus directly overhead. Taurus is easily identified by find the V-shape star cluster called the Hyades which represents his nose. Learn more about Taurus the constellation.
If you look in the northeast around 9pm you will see a group of stars that look like the letter “M”. This is the constellation Cassiopeia, the Queen. Learn more about Cassiopeia Image Credit: Till Credner [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Tonight around 7pm you can find the brightest star in the night sky rising in the southeast. This star’s name is Sirius also known as the Dog Star which is part of the constellation Canis Major. Learn more about Sirius Image Credit: Mellostorm [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons