Tonight you can find the asteroid 4 Vesta in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Vesta was one of two objects visited by the Dawn spacecraft. The other was the dwarf planet Ceres. Please practice responsible social distancing when you go outside to observe.
On this date in 1894, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was born. He would become the leader of the Soviet Union from 1956 to 1964. During his time in office Sputnik 1 was launched an act that kick started the space race.
Tonight around 10 pm the constellation Virgo will be visible in the southeast. Virgo is one of the 12/13 zodiac constellations. The Sun, Moon and planets will all pass through this constellation. Please practice responsible social distancing when you go outside to observe.
A great way to keep up with what NASA is doing is to watch a free resource called NASA TV. You can find the channel streaming at https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv#public
In 1958 on this date, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a message to Congress, proposed the establishment of a National Aeronautics and Space Agency into which the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics would be absorbed. Learn more about NASA
On this day in 1960, the TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space. Learn more about the TIROS Science Mission
#OTD in 1966, the unmanned Soviet lunar probe, Luna 10, was launched toward the Moon from an Earth-orbiting platform. It later entered lunar orbit for 460 lunar orbits and 219 active data transmissions before radio signals were discontinued on May 30, 1966. Learn more about the Luna Program
Tomorrow morning the planets Mars and Saturn will be in conjunction. This is when they will share the same right ascension and will appear close together. Look southeast after 5am to see this. What is right ascension?
On this date in 1974, the unmanned probe Mariner 10 made its flyby of Mercury, passing at an altitude of 756 km. Photographs taken during the pass revealed an intensely cratered, Moon-like surface and a faint exosphere made mostly of helium. Learn more about Mariner 10. Image courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)… Continue reading
Tonight at 8pm you will find the brightest star in the night sky due south. This star is called Sirius and is part of the constellation Canis Major. Learn more about Sirius. Image courtesy of Torsten Bronger. derivative work: Kxx / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)