Jupiter

©Bob King. Used with permission.

Despite what seems like a never-ending stretch of clouds and cool temperatures, Bob King says get outside after 11pm (twilight is extra-long these days) and look up.  You just might be surprised at what you can see.

  You can read more Astro Bob on his blog, including his latest post here.

It's a wide-ranging edition of Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy today: from the weather to the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon to the International Space Station -- with stops along the way at The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and how we know the earth is not flat.

Lisa Johnson

The earth is as close to the sun as it gets today -- and after the latest sunrise of the year (7:54am) , the sun will come out - tomorrow - a little bit earlier.

Plus a wrap-up of December stats, the Christmas Bird Count and a trio of planets to enjoy in the southern sky.

Astro Bob's Astronomy for Everyone/Bob King. Used with permission.

Even as he was being devoured alive by mosquitos, our intrepid Backyard Almanac host, Larry Weber,  reported some weather stats for the first half of July, the latest arrivals on the wildflower scene, and - gulp! - some early migrants and some leaf color already!

We're finally caught up on moisture for the month; yes, snow in April is "normal;" we'll have 14 hours of daylight come Sunday and the white pelicans have returned to the St. Louis River.