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Little constellations typically have very distinctive shapes. That’s true of Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow.
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.
Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer is one constellation that looks to me like what it’s supposed to be: a big guy holding a snake.
Look for the waning gibbous moon late at night. It might look strangely oblong. Or look for it in the west in early morning, floating against the pale blue sky.
If you’re around 40 degrees N. latitude, expect your evening twilight to last latest at night, for this year, around June 24.
Tonight, a tribute to the Southern Cross, also known as the constellation Crux, for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere.
In the days after every full moon, a daytime moon appears in the west after sunrise, in a blue sky. Watch for it.
Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually sets more slowly around the time of a solstice.
Some quick info that’ll help you connect with nature on this special day, June solstice 2016!
You know it when you see it, but what makes a full moon full?
The June 19 moon, near Saturn on solstice eve, looks full. The June 20 full moon falls on the solstice. Links and info here.
If you can’t see Saturn in front of the moon on June 18, 2016, place your finger in front of the moon to reduce its glare.
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.
The star Antares is nearby, too. Identify the triangle of Mars, Saturn and Antares and watch them for months to come.
You might notice a waxing gibbous moon in the afternoon in the next few days. It’ll be ascending in the east as the sun is descending in the west.
Two noticeable stars in the Little Dipper are said to guard the north celestial pole because they circle so close to Polaris.
The bright red object near tonight’s moon is Mars. Why it’s still so bright and a word about the highly variable brightness of this neighboring world.
Although some scientists claim stars can’t look green, many stargazers will swear that Zubeneschamali proves otherwise.
We passed between Mars and the sun on May 22, and Mars still shines brightly. It’s twice as bright as Spica tonight. Spica is blue-white, while Mars is red.
This evening – June 14, 2016 – the moon couples up with Spica, Virgo’s brightest star. But the moon is heading toward bright Mars.
Iridescent cloud over Kentucky