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See the Dragon’s Eyes on June evenings

Look in the northeast on these June evenings, near the star Vega. You’ll see Rastaban and Eltanin, the eyes of Draco the Dragon.

Star of the week: Alphecca

Alphecca. Gemma. Alpha Coronae Borealis or simply Alpha Cor Bor. They’re all names for one star – the brightest star in the constellation Northern Crown.

A Dragon, and a former pole star

You’ll have to let your eyes and imagination drift a bit to see the entire winding shape of Draco the Dragon in the northern sky.

Sun moves in front of Gemini on June 21

On June 21, 2017, at around 15:00 UTC, the sun moves out of the constellation Taurus and into the constellation Gemini the Twins.

Solstice? Depends on where you are

June 21 is the date for the solstice for some. For others, it was June 20. Either way … here’s a compilation of links to info about the 2017 June solstice. Happy summer or winter, y’all!

All you need to know: June solstice 2017

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.

Things to notice at the June solstice

Some quick info that’ll help you connect with nature at the June solstice, 2017! Live in the Americas? Then your solstice may be today.

Find the Crow, Cup and Water Snake

Use the bright star Spica to help you find the constellations of Corvus the Crow, Crater the Cup, and Hydra the Water Snake.

Half-lit last quarter moon on June 17

Although appearing half-illuminated, the last quarter moon carries that name because it’s three-quarters of the way from one new moon to the next.

The Guardians of the Pole

Kochab and Pherkad – 2 stars in the Little Dipper – are called Guardians of the Pole. How to find them and more.

Is Zubeneschamali green?

Although some scientists claim stars can’t look green, many stargazers will swear that Zubeneschamali proves otherwise.

Find the Little Dipper

The Big Dipper is easy to find. But the Little Dipper isn’t. How to find the Little Dipper using the Big Dipper as a guide.

Earliest sunrises before summer solstice

Or – if you live in the Southern Hemisphere – your earliest sunsets are taking place around now. Either way, it happens about a week before the solstice.

Big Dipper high in north on June evenings

Once you find the Big Dipper, you can find the Little Dipper, too. Look for the Big Dipper first, high in the north in the evening at this time of year.

After sunup, look for the daytime moon

In the days after every full moon, look in a blue sky after sunrise for a daytime moon.

Jupiter ends retrograde on June 10

The end of retrograde motion for Jupiter means the best time for viewing the planet in 2017 is over. But giant Jupiter still shines brightly in our evening sky!

Libra? Here’s your constellation

In skylore, Libra the Scales is an age-old symbol of divine justice, harmony and balance. Plus its two brightest stars have the coolest of all star names.

Zubenelgenubi is Libra’s alpha star

It’s now Libra’s alpha star. But Zubenelgenubi is an Arabic name indicating that this star was once perceived as the Southern Claw of Scorpius the Scorpion.

Strawberry Moon up at sunset June 8

The moon you’ll see rise on June 8 isn’t precisely full, but almost. It’s near in the sky to the golden planet Saturn and red star Antares.

Moon near Crown of Scorpion on June 7

The moon on June 7, 2017 is near the upper part of the constellation Scorpius, aka the Scorpion’s Crown. Bright red Antares and golden Saturn are also nearby.