Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 27, 2019

Tonight Mercury will reach its greatest eastern elongation. This is when Mercury will appear highest in the sky after sunset. For those that want to see this elusive planet this is one of your best chances of the year. Learn more about Mercury.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 26, 2019

Last quarter moon occurs today. For the next week the moon will be a great target for early morning observers. As the next seven days occur watch how the moon appears near the planets Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Learn about the moon phases for 2019.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 25, 2019

Tonight around 8:30 pm, the brightest star in the night sky will be visible. This is Sirius and it will be found in the south. The star appears so bright due to its closeness to the Sun. Sirius is about 8.6 light years away. Learn more about Sirius. Image Credit: Mellostorm [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)],… Continue reading

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 24, 2019

Tonight around 9pm look east for a bright backwards question mark shape of stars. This is the constellation Leo the Lion. The brightest star in Leo is Regulus. Learn more about Regulus. Image Credit: Drew Farwell [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 22, 2019

On this date in 2000 the Stardust spacecraft collected particles of interstellar dust. Some of the particles were studied at Washington University in St. Louis. Learn more about the Stardust spacecraft.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: February 20, 2019

On this date in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Glen piloted the Mercury-Atlas rocket named Friendship 7 and completed three orbits of Earth. Learn more about John Glenn.