Venus

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.

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After a brief hiatus (twenty years or so) to do the newspaper thing, amateur astronomer Bob King returns to KUMD to talk about what we can see in the evening, overnight and morning skies this month - and even offer an astrophotography tip or two!

Larry Weber is just chock-ful of good advice this week, from how to keep squirrels away from your feeders to how to tell if the bears are awake or asleep right now.

There's just a tiny downside: both of these solutions are EXPENSIVE.

Oh, and Larry is looking for redpolls, too - have you seen any?

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!