Astronomy Articles

There's something special about the new Moon.  We've all felt it. 

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Find out more about the so-called discovery of Planet Nine and win brand-new binoculars in our Name... read more
Step out anytime after 7:30 P.M. Look around for anything bright. The first thing you’ll notice is... read more
Everyone loves comets.  When we get a bright one every 15 or 20 years the world goes nuts.  We... read more
See chart below for the equinox and solstice dates for 2016 and 2017—marking when winter, spring,... read more
The 2016 Northern Lights Tour With The Old Farmer’s Almanac—back by popular demand! Join us on our... read more
Every holiday season, planetariums present their “Star of Wonder” show, which offers astronomical... read more
The darkest afternoon—our earliest sunset—is upon us. For most of us, the darkest day of winter... read more
Look straight up at a star—and see where you are heading! Something very cool is overhead. Next... read more
On recent full Moons, have you seen the media urging everyone to rush out and see the Supermoon?... read more
Should Pluto be a planet? Having now seen some of our first-ever close-up pictures of Pluto, let’s... read more
Last weekend was Halloween, so we’re now primed for spooky things. This week, the Moon doesn’t rise... read more
The action remains glued to the morning sky.  We’re talking 6:00 AM.  Normally, planet conjunctions... read more
The wild morning display continues! See four planets performing the year’s best conjunctions. It’s... read more
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for OCTOBER 2015 as well as a printable... read more
Welcome to the October 2015 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s ... read more
Learn about the Full Moon for October—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more... read more
See the Almanac’s Meteor Showers Guide for 2016 for the dates of all the principal meteor showers... read more
Here at the Almanac, we have long believed that solar activity can influence weather here on Earth... read more
There’s something special about the new Moon.  We’ve all felt it.  For astronomers, new Moon means... read more
Welcome to the February 2016 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s ... read more
Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun, is named for the Roman god of agriculture. In Greek... read more
Named after the Roman god of war, the planet Mars was probably associated with the deity Mars... read more
Learn about the Full Moon for February 2016—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and... read more
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for February 2016 as well as a... read more
Learn about the Full Moon for January 2016—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and ... read more
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for January 2016 as well as a printable... read more
Welcome to the January 2016 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s ... read more
Here’s a list of the best fishing days and times for 2016, when the Moon is between new and full (... read more
Setting chicken eggs by the Moon? Here are best days to set eggs for 2016.  According to tradition... read more
When does spring 2016 begin? On this page, get informed about the vernal equinox, spring weather—... read more
In 2015, winter begins on December 21, 11:48 P.M. EST. Learn more about the winter solstice. “A day... read more
Learn about the Full Moon for December—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more... read more
Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we are excited to sponsor tours and travel to destinations that... read more
Only in astronomy does “half” and “quarter” mean the same thing. At least, when we’re talking about... read more
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for NOVEMBER 2015 as well as a... read more
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for December 2015 as well as a... read more
This past winter, I had the opportunity to spend 6 days in Alaska on The Old Farmer’s Almanac... read more
Learn about the Full Moon for November—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more... read more
Can I convince you to wake up just before dawn?  What if I tell you it’s the greatest planetary... read more
One of the joys of working with weather is that I also work with satellite pictures. We have all... read more

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