KETR

Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium

Texas A&M University Physics

Dr. Kent Montgomery, director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says Venus is highly visible in the west, Jupiter can be seen in the south, and Saturn is in the east.  In late July, Mars will be very visible in the western sky.  At that time, all four planets will be visible to the naked eye. Dr. Montgomery says a small telescope or even binoculars will help in viewing the planets, especially in viewing Jupiter's four moons.

NASA

Dr. Kent Montgomery, the director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, says the rover on the Mars 2020 mission will include 23 tiny, high-def cameras, meaning the number and quality of pictures we will see will be far greater and better than before.  We will see nearly live (slightly delayed) images as the spacecraft hurtles toward Mars.  The mission will launch in 2019.

Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. Kent Montgomery, the director of the Texas A&M-Commerce Planetarium, discusses a recent interstellar visitor to the solar system, an asteroid from another star.  It may be the first object from the orbit of another star to enter the domain of the Earth's sun.  And it may have been traveling for millions of years.