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.
On this date in 1951 Sally Ride was born in Los Angeles California. She was the first American woman astronaut and served as mission specialist aboard Challenger for 2 flights.
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.
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.
A day on Jupiter is just shy of being 10 hours long. A year on Jupiter is equal to 12 Earth years.
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.
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
Look overhead tonight as the sun is setting and you will find the first quarter phase moon about 1.5° north of the bright star Regulus.
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.
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.