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Moon in front of Cancer on June 26

Crescent moon in front of Cancer the Crab on June 26, 2017. Plus a word about the difference between signs and constellations of the zodiac.

Young moon after sunset June 25

From most places worldwide, except at far-northern latitudes, the moon will set better than hour after sunset on June 25. Look for it near the sunset point.

Latest dusk for northerly latitudes

If you’re around 40 degrees N. latitude, expect your evening twilight to last latest at night, for this year, around June 24.

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.

M5, your new favorite globular cluster

Sure, M13, the Great Hercules cluster is wonderful. But some amateur astronomers say this cluster, M5, is even better.

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!

Moon and Venus before sunrise June 20

You can’t miss them! Look east an hour or two before sunrise. Moon is the 2nd-brightest, and Venus the 3rd-brightest, objects in our sky after the sun.

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?

Slowest sunsets around solstices

Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually sets more slowly around the time of a solstice.