Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 11, 2018

On this date in 1972 The Apollo 17 mission landed on the moon in the Tauris-Littrow valley. This site in on the southeast edge of Mare Serenitatis. Learn more about Apollo 17 Please follow and like us:

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 10, 2018

Believe it or not the Earth is closer to the sun during the winter season but because of the tilt of Earth’s axis we receive less direct sunlight making it cold in the northern hemisphere. Learn about Axial Tilt. Please follow and like us:

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 8, 2018

Tomruen [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons Over the next few weeks we have a good opportunity to see comet 46P/Wirtanen. This comet will be closest to Earth on December 16. It should be a good binocular target. Learn more about Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Please follow and like us:

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 6, 2018

The GOES weather satellites are an important tool for scientists forecasting Earth’s weather. They are also critical for monitoring space weather. Learn more at nasa.gov/content/goes Please follow and like us:

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 5, 2018

Till Credner [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Look due north tonight around 8pm and you will find the constellation Cassiopeia. We see Cassiopeia most of the year since she is part of our circumpolar sky. Learn more about Cassiopeia Please follow and like us:

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 4, 2018

On this date in 1996 the Mars Pathfinder mission launched. This mission included the first rover to explore the surface of Mars which was named Sojourner. Learn more about the Pathfinder Mission. Please follow and like us:

Astronomy Fact of the Day: December 3, 2018

Pioneer 10 achieved the first flyby of the planet Jupiter on this date in 1973. Since this mission there have been 8 other spacecraft that flew by or orbited Jupiter. Learn more about Jupiter. Please follow and like us: