The summer solstice is Saturday at 17:43 EDT.
In the article in EarthSky, “Moon near Jupiter, plus a Venus milestone,” Bruce McClure has a nice explanation of greatest elongation, which Venus achieved yesterday. (More)
In all my years of observing there are a few nights that stand out. Wednesday night was one of them. For decades I've preached how the hazy, dead air of summer is favorable for observing the planets. The air is not transparent, but for the planets it doesn't matter. (More)
You should be able to see 60 to 70 meteors per hour if you’re in a dark place with a very open sky and watch past midnight for several hours. The Perseids are famous for having some very bright meteors mixed in with the smaller ones. (More)
Observations have been made of a star S2 apparently orbiting the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy Sgr A* using positional and spectroscopic observations at the Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal in Chile. (More)