Astronomy

Perseid Meteor Shower
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August 12, 2019 - 4:55 pm
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — If you want to catch some meteors streaking through the night sky, tonight's the night to do it. Accuweather The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak Monday night and early Tuesday morning. “Up to 100 meteors per hour will occur during the peak night,” according to...
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moon
August 08, 2019 - 12:54 pm
(KMOX) — Stargazers should be eager to hear that this weekend Jupiter and Saturn will align with the moon. On Friday night, Aug. 9, the moon will appear close to Jupiter — the second-brightest planet after Venus, according to the Farmers' Almanac . Then on Saturday night, Aug. 10, the moon will be...
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waxing moon phase
July 31, 2019 - 2:42 pm
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — You may have heard that a "Black Supermoon" will be in the sky tonight, but what does that mean? Contrary to its ominous name, a Black Moon is nothing to worry about. It is a nickname for the second New Moon occuring in one standard calendar month. It is typical for one New Moon...
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stars in the night sky
July 29, 2019 - 4:43 pm
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — According to the American Meteor Society , two Meteor showers will be reaching their peak tonight, Monday July 29th- July 30th. Your weekly meteor program: https://t.co/NBJwH5kWt0 13 active meteor showers including the Alpha Capricornids and South Delta Aquariids (more about...
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Jupiter
Photo by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team via Getty Images
June 10, 2019 - 12:28 pm
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Today Jupiter aligns with the Sun and Earth as it approaches the closest distance to our planet it will be at all year. This phenomenon allows the solar system's largest planet to be visible in the sky to the naked eye throughout the month of June. With a pair of binoculars or a...
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FILE - In this November 1969 photo provided by NASA, Apollo 12 mission Commander Charles P. "Pete" Conrad stands on the moon's surface. He was the third man to walk on the moon. On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, NASA's chief says the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a "good start" for putting astronauts back on the moon. (AP Photo/NASA)
May 14, 2019 - 3:17 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's chief said Tuesday that the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a "good start" for getting astronauts back on the moon within five years. Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed employees a day after the White House introduced the budget...
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FILE - This illustration made available by NASA shows the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. The exploratory vehicle landed on Jan. 24, 2004, and logged more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) before falling silent during a global dust storm in June 2018. There was so much dust in the Martian atmosphere that sunlight could not reach Opportunity's solar panels for power generation. (NASA via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 3:42 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet. The six-wheeled vehicle that helped gather critical...
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January 06, 2019 - 7:56 pm
The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 with a massive telescope protruding from the back used to study the fundamental mysteries of the...
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This image made available by NASA on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 shows images with separate color and detail information, and a composited image of both, showing Ultima Thule, about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft encountered it on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (NASA via AP)
January 03, 2019 - 12:25 am
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman. Ultima Thule, as the small, icy object has been dubbed, was found to consist of two fused-...
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