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  • A Shooting Star Every Minute!

    August's highlight is the Perseid meteor showers—which bring the best meteors in years, thanks to a Moonless night. Get details in "This Week's Amazing Sky."

    Perseid Meteor Shower

Rise & Set

Today's Sun

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Today's Moon Phase

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Moon Question of the Day

I'm not old enough to remember the Moon landings. I'd like to know what phase the Moon was in on ... More

Moon Folklore of the Day

Getting married on the first few days of the full moon is a good omen. More

Astronomy Blog

Meteor Showers

Meteor Shower GuideCatch a star! See meteor showers dates for 2015 —plus viewing tips.

Tide Predictor

Tide Predictor With the Tide Predictions Calculator, find high and low beach tides for any location in the U.S. and Canada for any date.

Sky Watch


Each month, we highlight what's happening in the skies—including bright planets, conjunctions, and meteor showers. Read Sky Watch.

See the Northern Lights!

Experience nature’s most spectacular night show! See the Northern Lights with the Almanac! Click here to learn more.

Sky Maps (Star Chart)

Sky Map AUGUST
Get free, printable Sky Maps (Star Charts) to find your way around the night sky.
View Sky Maps for AUGUST.

Eclipse Dates


Which eclipses are visible where you live? Check the 2015 and 2016 Eclipse Dates.


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