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Fourth of July Full Moon
Full Moon for July 2020
Forget the fireworks! This year, watch the full Buck Moon rise on the 4th of July instead! Find out why July’s full Moon is called the Buck Moon and learn about the penumbral...
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The Star of Bethlehem
Was the Star of Bethlehem a real celestial body or a miraculous vision? Astronomer Bob Berman...
Spooky Sky: We Dare You to Go Out!
The Sun is setting earlier and earlier: It’s really dark. The leaves are dropping quickly now, so...
Looking for Planet Nine
What is Planet Nine? Find out more about a possible new planet in our solar system. Everyone likes...
How to See Comet Catalina
Everyone loves comets. When we get a bright one every 15 or 20 years the world goes nuts. We...
When is the Darkest Day of Winter?
The darkest afternoon—our earliest sunset—is upon us. For most of us, the darkest day of winter...
What Star is Directly Overhead?
Look straight up at a star—and see where you are heading! Something very cool is overhead. Next...
Should Pluto be a Planet?
Should Pluto be a planet? Having now seen some of our first-ever close-up pictures of Pluto, let’s...
October Planet Show Extends its Run
The action remains glued to the morning sky. We’re talking 6:00 AM. Normally, planet conjunctions...
Four Planets Meet in the October 2015 Night Sky!
The wild morning display continues! See four planets performing the year’s best conjunctions. It’s...
Sky Maps (Star Charts): October 2015
Find your way around the night sky! Below is a free sky map for OCTOBER 2015 as well as a printable...
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days, exactly? The ancient...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s next period of retrograde motion lasts from June 18 to July 12, 2020! According to the...
Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?
The next meteor shower is: the Delta Aquarids in late July! While they usually peak before dawn...
Night Sky for July 2020
Welcome to the Almanac Sky Watch for July 2020. Plan ahead for the top stargazing sights of the...
Full Moon for July 2020
Forget the fireworks! This year, watch the full Buck Moon rise on the 4th of July instead! Find out...
Noctilucent Clouds: They Come From Outer Space!
They’re back! It’s noctilucent cloud season! Every summer, eerie electric-blue clouds ripple across...
Night Sky for June 2020
Welcome to the Almanac Sky Watch for June 2020. This month, we say goodbye to nightime Venus;...
What Are Solar Cycles, and How Do They Affect Weather?
What are solar cycles and sunspots—and what causes them? Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we...
Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
In 2020, the June solstice occurs on Saturday, June 20, marking the start of summer in the Northern...
5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five...
A Salute to "Yankee Doodle"
Not many are aware that the melody for “Yankee Doodle” was once upon a time (as far back as...
Night Sky Map for June 2020: See the Stars Move
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for June 2020! Why do objects like stars appear move across the sky at...
7 Facts About the June Solstice
If you ask friends what happens on the summer solstice (this Saturday), they’re likely to say it’s...
Night Sky Map for July 2020: The Summer Triangle
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for July 2020! This month, we talk about the three “stars of summer,”...
Planet Rise & Set Calculator
When will the planets be visible tonight? Use our Planet Rise and Set Calculator to find out when...
Midsummer Day 2020: Why (and How) is Midsummer Celebrated?
Are you familiar with Midsummer Day (traditionally June 24)? Here’s why it is called “Midsummer,”...
The Solar Cycle: Latest Updates and Predictions
It seems as though our Sun has been having a lockdown all of its own—it’s been very quiet. Here’s...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2020?
When do all of the four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter—start and end? Here are your...
The Moon Illusion: Why Does the Moon Look So Big Tonight?
Who hasn’t turned down a road to confront a low, horizon-hugging Moon that seems absolutely...
Full Moon for June 2020
The full Strawberry Moon rises on Friday, June 5, 2020! Find out why June’s full Moon is called the...
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Friday: So What Is This, Anyway?
On Friday, June 5, the Moon will pass through the edge of Earth’s shadow, resulting in a “penumbral...
What Is a New Moon?
For astronomers, a new Moon means no Moon! For many cultures, however, the new Moon carries special...
Night Sky for May 2020
Here’s the May 2020 guide to the night sky! During this month, all 5 bright planets are visible—two...
What is Earthshine?
Ever noticed that you can sometimes see the part of the Moon that isn’t lit up? That’s earthshine...
Closest Black Hole to Earth Discovered
“Closest black hole” is the astro-news this past week. And let’s briefly explore it, just so you...
5 Ways to Protect Plants from Summer Heat
Extreme summer heat can be as exhausting for our plants as it is for us, but you can make life...
Full Moon for May 2020
May’s full Moon rises on Thursday, May 7! This full Moon will be the last of the three supermoons...
Night Sky Map for May 2020: Asterisms
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for May 2020! This month, learn about asterisms, which are unofficial...
How to Design a Moon Garden
A moon garden can enjoyed from dusk to dark—by the light of the Moon! We’ll show you how to plan a...
Full Moon Names
Historically, Native American and other traditional names for full Moons were used to track the...
Venus At Brightest in Years in Late April
April 27, 2020 (EDT), or April 28, 2020 (UT), is officially the planet’s brightest evening in years...
As Comet ATLAS Fizzles, Comet SWAN Arrives
What’s the most spectacular sky object? A bright comet is certainly on my top-five list. A few...