Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 27, 2018

After midnight you will find three bright objects in the south. The brightest will be the moon, next to the moon will be Jupiter and east of Jupiter is the red super giant star Antares.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 25, 2018

On this date in 1961 President John F. Kennedy declared to a special joint session of congress that we would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. This was accomplished on July 20, 1969.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 24, 2018

If you look south after midnight you will find the planets Saturn and Jupiter and a waxing gibbous moon. From southeast to southwest the order will be Saturn, Jupiter and then the moon.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 22, 2018

On this date in 1969 the Apollo 10 Lunar Module reached a distance of 47,400 miles from the lunar surface. Aside from testing descent procedures Apollo 10 also surveyed the landing site for Apollo 11.

Night Sky Update For The Week of Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Tuesday, May 22. 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

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 20, 2018

The largest planet Jupiter also has the most moons. Currently it appears that Jupiter has 69 moons, four of which are visible through binoculars. The binocular moons are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Calisto.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 19, 2018

Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot is a large storm that has been shrinking over the last few decades. New research has some scientists suggesting it may disappear in a few more decades.