Astronomy Fact of the Day: January 25, 2019

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

Astronomy Fact of the Day: January 21, 2019

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

Astronomy Fact of the Day: January 19, 2019

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.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: January 18, 2019

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

Astronomy Fact of the Day: January 17, 2019

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