Venus and Jupiter appear to be moving close together just after sunset in the Western sky with the closet approach on June 30th. From the 27th of June to the 3rd of July they'll be within 2° of each other - about width of the sky your thumb at arm's length covers. Venus is near maximum brightness these days.
When conditions are right, billions of microscopic pollen grains consort to create small, oval-shaped rings around a bright Moon during the peak of the spring and early summer allergy season. With the Full Moon coming up this week, there’s no better time to watch for them.
Because they’re often lost in the glare of the Sun or Moon, the key to finding one is to hide the solar or lunar disk behind a thick tree branch, roof or my favorite, the power pole. Look for a telltale oval glow, sometimes tinted with rainbow colors, right up next to the Moon or Sun’s edge.Common halos, those that form when light is refracted by ice crystals, span 44° compared to pollen coronas, which measure just a few degrees in diameter.
Astronaut Reid Wiseman, 222 nautical miles above a point in the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles off the coast of Africa, shot the night sky and the Milky Way on Sept. 27, 2014 with a Nikon 3DS. Handheld 3seconds, f1.4, 24mm, ISO 12800.
I've read a large majority of Americans under 30 have never seen the Milky Way.