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Easy Backyard Stargazing
The Best Evening Star of...
One way to have fun at home is simply to step onto your backyard, deck, or roof, and look up at the sky. From this weekend (March 27 to 29) through April, you’ll see...
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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...
What Is a Supermoon?
What is a supermoon? We agree that it’s a catchy word—and anything that encourages us to explore...
The Best Evening Star of Your Life
One way to have fun at home is simply to step onto your backyard, deck, or roof, and look up at the...
When Is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Easter 2020 will be observed on Sunday, April 12! Find out how the date of Easter is determined,...
The Reason for the Seasons
What causes our four seasons—spring, summer, winter, fall? People puzzled over this for centuries...
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...
First Day of Spring 2020: The Spring Equinox
In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) occurs on Thursday,...
Sunrise & Sunset Calculator
What time does the Sun set tonight? Use our Sunrise & Sunset Tool to find out when the Sun,...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
On the spring equinox, does the Sun rise due east and set due west? Are day and night equal? Bob...
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...
Night Sky Map for March 2020: The Big Dipper
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for March 2020! This month, we focus on “pointers” in the sky to help...
Night Sky Map for April 2020: Minor Constellations
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for April 2020! This month, we focus on lesser-known constellations...
Full Moon for April 2020
April’s full Moon rises on the night of Tuesday, April 7. Traditionally called the Pink Moon, this...
Easter and the Paschal Full Moon
Did you know that the date of Easter—April 12 this year—is tied to the full Moon and the March...
Full Moon for March 2020
March’s full Worm Moon will be a supermoon! Here’s all you need to know about the full Worm Moon—...
Ready For Supermoon Season 2020?
You may have noticed media outlets saying that we are entering a “supermoon season,” with three...
Full Worm Moon: March
What is the Full Worm Moon? Why is it called the Worm Moon? Are are there worms on the Moon? (Just...
How to Find Sirius, the Dog Star
Who hasn’t heard of the Dog Star, Sirius? It’s the brightest star in the sky in late winter and...
Stargazing with Orion in March
During the month of March, the most widely recognized constellation at nightfall is Orion, standing...
Blue Moon in 2020: When Is the Next Blue Moon?
When is the next Blue Moon? And what is a Blue Moon, exactly? To prepare you for the Blue Moon on...
Night Sky for March 2020
Here’s the March 2020 guide to the night sky. Watch three bright planets and the crescent Moon come...
Signs of Spring From the Sky
What are signs of spring in the sky? Perhaps you’ve noticed the earlier sunrises. Let’s observe a...
Spring 2020: The Earliest Spring in Over 100 Years
The rumors are true. It’s the earliest spring of your life. Spring, marked by the vernal equinox,...
The Captivating Crescent Moon
The captivating crescent may be the Moon’s most fascinating phase. Why is the crescent Moon...
Venus and Mercury Together: It’s Now Easy to See the Smallest Planet
Mercury is now an evening star hovering at its most prominent position of 2020. It’s definitely...
Full Moon for February 2020
Got your snow shovels ready? February’s Full Snow Moon rises on the night of February 8 and peaks...
Sky Map for February
There is no brighter constellation in the night sky than Orion, the Hunter. And there is no better...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s next period of retrograde motion will last from February 17 to March 10, 2020! According...
Night Sky for February 2020
Here’s the February 2020 Guide to the Bright Planets from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. This month,...
Groundhog Day and Shadow Fun
Groundhog Day. Just a bizarre tradition involving rodents? Or, rather, marmots? Actually, Groundhog...
Gardening by the Moon
Gardening by the Moon is a great way to plan your garden. Many of our readers follow the age-old...
Sky Map for January
Our January 2020 Sky Map hones in on the best of the month’s night sky—with accompanying text—so it...
Orion the Hunter Reigns in the Winter Sky
All of Orion’s stars are easy to spot in the winter sky. We’re in a period of dark, moonless,...