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June solstice in 2024: All you need to know

The June solstice will happen on June 20, 2024. It's the longest day for the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere.

Earliest sunrises (or sunsets) come before June solstice

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, your earliest sunrises of the year are happening around now. Southern Hemisphere? Your earliest sunsets are around now.

Celebrate World Oceans Day today, June 7, 2024

World Oceans Day has been honored since 1992. It's a day to raise awareness about how we're connected to the oceans and how we can protect ocean habitats.

The North Star: Does it ever move?

The North Star is a symbol for constancy. But, a video of it overnight, reveals that it makes its own little circle around the sky's north pole every day.

June birthstone: Pearl, moonstone or alexandrite

For June babies, pick any of these as your June birthstone: a gleaming pearl, a glowing moonstone, or a colorful and exotic alexandrite. All are lovely choices.

Meteor shower guide 2024: Up next the Delta Aquariids

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower rambles across the skies for weeks. Look for them from late July through early August. Your 2024 meteor shower guide here.

What’s a galaxy? All you need to know

What is a galaxy? We live in a galaxy called the Milky Way. But there is so much more to know about these grand and glorious star islands in space!

Constellations and signs: What’s the difference?

What is the difference between signs of the zodiac and constellations of the zodiac? Astronomer Guy Ottewell illustrates and discusses this difference.

Crepuscular rays are sunrays in twilight skies

Crepuscular rays form around twilight when particles in the atmosphere reflect the sun's light beams toward our eyes. See photos of the phenomenon here.

Auroras on May 10-11 wowed millions! Pics here

Auroras last night from "extreme" geomagnetic storming - which came after a week of very high activity on the sun - wowed millions around the globe.