Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 25, 2020

In 1961 on this date, President John F. Kennedy, in his second State of the Union Message to Congress, announced his intention that the United States “…land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth” by the end of the 1960s. This is now seen as the beginning of the Space Race… Continue reading

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 24, 2020

On this date in 1945, the United States begins recovery of 14 tons of V-2 rocket documentation as part of Project Paperclip.  The German rocket team directs American troops to a mine hiding technical documentation from Peenemunde, a Nazi re-search and development site.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 23, 2020

On this day in 1965, the Life Sciences Committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ Space Science Board recommended that NASA, for at least three weeks, quarantine all astronauts returning from the moon to prevent possible contamination of the Earth by extraterrestrial organisms.

Night Sky Update: May 22-May 30, 2020

This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Friday, May 22, 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: May 22, 2020

New moon occurs today.  This is not good for those hoping to see the moon, but it is good for other observing concerns.  A major issue for many of us is light pollution.  The moon is a natural source of light pollution and it is worst near full moon. New moon offers darker skies. Please… Continue reading

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 20, 2020

There are numerous satellites visible every clear night.  The best one to start with is the International Space Station. Communication satellites, spent rocket stages and many other satellites can be found.  Visit the Heavens Above website to find out more about satellite viewing.  

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 19, 2020

On this day in 1917, Robert H. Goddard (sometimes called the ‘Father of American Rocketry’) proposes the use of sonar to the US Navy.  The Navy advises him they are not at all interested in the new device.

Astronomy Fact of the Day: May 18, 2020

Telescopes were a great invention for astronomy, but they are not necessary to study objects in space. If you have binoculars at home, there are numerous targets for you to look for.  Start with the Moon; you might be surprised how much you can see.  Craters, mountains, ancient lava flows and more!