On this date in 1959, Discoverer II, the first satellite to separate a reentry vehicle on command, ejected its reentry vehicle to start its journey back to earth. Because of a timing error, the US believed that the capsule landed somewhere the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, instead of in the recovery zone near Hawaii. The… Continue reading
New moon occurred last night at 9:31 pm. If you have an exceptionally clear western horizon you may be able to catch a thin waxing crescent moon that is just 22 hours into the new lunar cycle. The Sun sets at 7:35 p.m. Make absolutely sure the Sun has set before you start looking for… Continue reading
In 1970 on this date, Apollo 13 launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying James Lovell, Jim Swigert and Fred Haise.
This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Friday, April 9, 2021. Information updated weekly or as needed. Times given as local St. Louis time which is Central Daylight Time (CDT). For definitions of terminology used in the night sky update, click the highlighted text. If relying on times… Continue reading
Look east tonight at 9:00pm, and you will find the constellation Böotes the Herdsman. This bright spring constellation looks like a giant kite in the sky. The Big Dipper’s handle will point to the brightest star in Böotes called Arcturus, and from there the kite shape extends north.
On this date in 1959, NASA announced the seven pilots selected for the Mercury program. This group, known as the “Mercury Seven,” included Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.
Tonight around 8 pm, you will find the constellation Orion low in the southwest. Unfortunately, our time to see Orion is coming to an end. Catch Orion through April before we lose him to the Sun Glare.
In 1990 on this date, Asiasat I, the first commercial Chinese flight, was launched. The satellite, which was put into geosynchronous orbit, supplied satellite telecommunication services and transmission of television signals.
Tomorrow morning, the Moon and Jupiter will be in conjunction. The Moon will exhibit a waning crescent phase with 21% of the lunar surface illuminated. Look for the pair in the southeast around 5:30 am.
On this date in 1894, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was born. He would become the leader of the Soviet Union from 1956 to 1964.