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This still from Larry Koehn's recent video shows Venus and Jupiter in late, 2016, when these 2 brightest of planets will appear near each other in the west after sunset.  Visit Larry's website shadowandsubstance.com

Tracking Venus in 2016 and ’17

Looking for Venus? It’ll soon come into view in the west after sunset. This video tracks Venus from when it reappears again by mid-July, 2016 … to April, 2017.

Taken during the 2015 Perseid meteor shower in August - at Mount Rainier National Park - by Matt Dieterich.  He calls the photo 'Skyfall.'

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2016

2016 will be a great year for watching meteors in late July and early August. A dark sky is best … peak time is late night to dawn.

It's the first full moon June solstice since 1967, when many in the U.S. were celebrating the Summer of Love. Image via yoganonymous.com.

June solstice full moon in 2016

Celebrate a June solstice full moon on June 20, 2016. It’s the Northern Hemisphere’s first summer solstice full moon since 1967, aka the Summer of Love.

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Summer solstice tale of 2 cities

On the June solstice, the sun sets at the same time in New York City and St. Augustine, Florida. But New York has an hour more of daylight. How’s that happen?

From the December solstice to the June solstice, the sunset makes its way north, as illustrated in this photo composite by Abhijit Juvekar.  Thanks, Abhijit!

All you need to know: June solstice 2016

It’s that beautiful time of year again in the Northern Hemisphere, when the June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer – is nearly upon us.

As the sun sets one the stark Martian landscape, stars come into view. Will future Mars colonists have a North Star to guide them? Image via NASA.

Does Mars have a North Star?

Earth’s north star – Polaris – is located nearly directly above Earth’s north pole. There’s a star above Mars’ north pole, too, but it’s very faint.

Sky wheeling around Polaris, the North Star.

Does the North Star ever move?

It’s a symbol for constancy, but, if you took its picture, you’d find that the North Star makes its own little circle around the sky’s north pole every day.

A geocentric - Earth-centered - plot of the orbit of Venus, 2016-2023, via Guy Ottewell.

Five petals of Venus

A word about the “pentagram” of Venus, a highly noticeable rhythm in the motion of Venus, as viewed from an Earth-centered perspective.

Comet C/2013 X1 (PanSTARRS) captured on June 7, 2016 by Efrain Morales of the Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe

Comet visible in binoculars, nearly closest

Comet C/2013 X1 (PanSTARRS) isn’t visible to the eye, but binoculars can pick it up. Charts and other info that can help you spot the comet in the coming weeks!

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Join the fun at ALCon 2016

ALCon 2016 is the national amateur astronomy convention, held this year from August 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Registration is now live!