Image Credits: SLW http://foothillsfancies.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/winters-in-southern-sky.html Image Credits: Richard Bosman. http://www.tandempress.wisc.edu/artists/bosman/archive/canis.html If you look low to the south and southeast two bright stars will be rising. The brightest is Sirius the Dog Star and the other is Procyon. Sirius is in Canis Major and Procyon is in Canis Minor. Learn more about the Canis Minor and Canis… Continue reading
Today in 1972 the Apollo 17 crew returned to Earth splashing down in the South Pacific Ocean. Apollo 17 would be the last mission to send humans to the moon. Learn more about the Apollo 17 mission
If you look east around 9pm you will find two bright stars close together. These are Castor and Pollux the two brightest stars of Gemini the twins. Learn more about Castor & Pollux
On this date in 1903 the Wright Brothers made history with the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This first flight led the way to modern day spaceflight. Learn more about the Wright Brothers.
The zodiac is a belt of 13 constellations that straddle the sky. Within this belt lie the apparent paths of the Sun, the Moon, and the planets. Learn more about the Zodiac
Today in 1970 the Soviet mission Venera 7 landed on Venus. It first took atmospheric readings before landing on the surface. This mission confirmed that humans could not survive on Venus. Learn more about Venus.
On this date in 1546, Tycho Brahe was born. The observations made by this astronomer helped support a sun centered model of the solar system. During his life Brahe cataloged over 1000 stars. Learn more about Tycho Brahe.
Image by: Asim Patel [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons The Geminid meteor shower peaks tomorrow. This is one of the best meteor showers each year producing roughly 120 meteors per hour at their peak. Your best chance to see them will be tonight into tomorrow morning. Learn more about the Geminids.
Tonight if you look south around 6pm you will find a bright red object that does not twinkle; this is Mars. A little to the west of Mars will be a waxing crescent moon. Learn more about the Mars Exploration Program.
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