Tonight around 10pm you will find a bright question mark shape of stars near the zenith. This is the constellation Leo the Lion. Leo is a zodiac constellation which means the sun, moon and planets will appear in him from time to time. Learn more about Leo the constellation.
The moon remains the only celestial body beyond the Earth humans have traveled to. Mars is the next place we want to travel to but before that we will see humans going back to the moon. NASA to return Humans to the Moon.
On this date in 1807 the asteroid, 4 Vesta was discovered by Heinrich Olbers. Vesta lies within the asteroid belt and was visited by the Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2012! Learn about Heinrich Olbers By Rudolph Suhrlandt (1781–1862) – Peter H. Richter (Hg.): Sterne, Mond, Kometen. Hauschild-Verlag, Bremen 1995, Public Domain, Link
Tomorrow morning around 5am you can find the moon between the planets Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn will be the planet to the left of the moon. Learn 22 Facts About Saturn
On this date in 1972 the Russian robotic spacecraft Venera 8 was launched. This spacecraft was equipped to study the temperature and pressure of Venus. Learn more about Verena 8.
Tomorrow morning around 4am you can find Jupiter next to the moon in the southeastern sky. Earth only has one moon whereas Jupiter has 79. Learn more about Jupiter’s moons.
On this date in 1928 James Arthur Lovell Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He flew aboard Gemini 7 and Apollo 8. He is most noted for his role as commander of Apollo 13. Learn more about James Lovell. Image By NASA – NASA Human Space Flight Gallery, Public Domain, Link
Rising in the northeast around 9pm is the bright orange/red star Arcturus. This bright red giant star is part of the constellation Bootes. Learn more about the constellation Bootes. Image By Till Credner – Own work: AlltheSky.com, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
On this date in 1912, Wernher Von Braun was born in Germany. This scientist became director of NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center in the 1960’s. His team developed the Saturn V rockets, which took the Apollo astronauts to the moon. Learn more about the Saturn V.
The current space station, ISS, is part of a long history of space stations. The first space station was Salyut 1. The first US space station was Skylab. Learn more about Skylab.