Astronomy Fact of the Day: April 13, 2020

On this date in 2002, the crew wakeup song transmitted to Shuttle Atlantis, flight STS-110, was “Voodoo Chile,” by Jimi Hendrix. It was played for Mission Specialist Lee Morin, who was about to make his first spacewalk, at the request of his wife.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: April 12, 2020

Tonight the Moon will exhibit a waning gibbous phase with about 71% of the lunar disk illuminated.  It will not rise until midnight so it will be a late night for those wanting to see the moon. Please practice responsible social distancing when you go outside to observe.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: April 11, 2020

In 1970 on this date, Apollo 13 launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying James Lovell, Jim Swigert and Fred Haise. Although Apollo 13 was slated to be the United States’ third lunar landing mission, it was aborted mid-flight after the service module oxygen tank ruptured. Still, the mission was classified as a “successful failure” because of… Continue reading

Night Sky Update: April 10-April 17, 2020

This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Friday, April 10, 2020. Information updated weekly or as needed. Times given as local St. Louis time (CDT).  For definitions of terminology used in the night sky update, click the highlighted text. For now, star parties at the Saint Louis Science… Continue reading

Astronomy Fact of the Day: April 10, 2020

By 9:30pm tonight the constellation Orion the Hunter is getting low in the southwestern sky.  If you keep track of Orion through April, you will find he starts to set earlier each week.  Get your looks in now before we lose Orion to the Sun’s glare. Please practice responsible social distancing when you go outside… Continue reading

OMNIMAX® Theater Renovation – In The Dome

In 2019, the Saint Louis Science Center renovated the OMNIMAX® Theater. In this time-lapse video you can watch as all the work unfolds inside the dome. The OMNIMAX theater was closed from August to November while this work was done. You can watch as all the seats and carpeting are taken out, and the old… Continue reading

Astronomy Fact of the Day: April 9, 2020

On this date in 1959, NASA announced the seven pilots selected for the Mercury program.  This group, known as the “Mercury Seven,” included (front row, l to r): Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, (back row, l to r): Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and Gordon Cooper.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: April 8, 2020

Today full moon for the month of April occurs.  This month full moon occurs about 8 hours after the moon reaches perigee.  Perigee is the point in which the moon is at its closest to the earth.  You can find the moon rising in the east as the sun sets. Please practice responsible social distancing… Continue reading

Collections – Set of Prosthetic Eyes

Made about 1895, this wooden box contains 50 glass eye prostheses. The set contains eyes with a variety of standard iris colors and shades of sclera, or whites of the eyes. The sizes and shapes vary as well because the set was not made to fit a single person in particular. Sets like this were… Continue reading