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Top 2020 Astronomy Events!
The Best Sky Watching...
The year 2020 promises some unusually fine celestial fireworks. Here are the top most noteworthy night sky events to look forward to: three amazing meteor showers (not washed...
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What is a Supermoon?
What is a supermoon? We agree it’s a catchy word—and anything that encourages us to explore the...
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...
Sky Watch: October 2015
Welcome to the October 2015 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s ...
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...
Sky Map for February
Our February 2020 Sky Map hones in on the best of the month’s night sky—with accompanying text—so...
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,...
Betelgeuse and Orion: Maximum Weirdness
This past week, the star Betelgeuse (Orion’s “left shoulder”) dimmed. Most reports jumped on the...
The Enduring Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is well known for his witty sayings and proverbs—that continue to convey timeless...
Night Sky for January 2020
Venus dominates in January, a fiery beacon at nightfall. At the end of the month (January 27 and 28...
First Day of Spring 2020: The Spring Equinox
In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Thursday,...
Full Moon for January 2020
The full Wolf Moon rises on Friday, January 10, 2020, the first of 13 full Moons this year. Some...
When is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Why do we celebrate Easter? We’ll explain—plus, find out how the date of Easter is determined and...
Adjusting to Darkness: How Our Eyes See at Night
It’s escaped no one’s attention that this year’s name is also the term for sharp vision—2020. So...
The Best Sky Watching Events of 2020
The year 2020 promises some unusually fine celestial fireworks. Here are the top most noteworthy...
Full Moon for February 2020
Got your snow shovels ready? February’s Full Snow Moon rises on the night of February 8 and peaks...
Setting Chicken Eggs by the Moon's Sign
Setting chicken eggs by the Moon? According to tradition, this age-old practice will produce...
Fishing Calendar for 2020
When is the best time to go fishing? See the best fishing dates and times from The 2020 Old Farmer’...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2020?
The spring equinox begins on March 19, 2020. When do all of the four seasons—winter, spring, summer...
What Are Perihelion and Aphelion?
Earth reaches at its closest approach to the Sun near midnight on January 4–5, 2020. We call this...
Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?
The next meteor shower is the Quadrantids on January 3–4! See viewing details—plus, the full 2020...
Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
The winter solstice is Monday, December 21, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of winter in...
Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
In 2020, the June solstice—the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere—occurs this year on...
Autumnal Equinox 2020: The First Day of Fall
In 2020, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Tuesday...
Bright Sirius is the New Year Star
Want a cosmic way to ring in the New Year? On New Year’s Eve, the brightest star visible from our...
Perseid Meteor Shower
The annual Perseid meteor shower, which peaks August 12 to 13, is one of the greatest meteor shower...
Geminid Meteor Shower 2020
Get ready for the Geminids! The great Geminid Meteor Shower peaks the night of December 13, 2020....
A Chance of Rain: What Does This Really Mean?
You’ve probably weather forecasts say “80% chance of rain.” What does this really mean? Probably...
Moonrise & Moonset Calculator
When will the Moon be visible tonight? Use our Moonrise & Moonset Calculator to find out when...
Full Moon for December 2019
December’s full Moon rises on Wednesday, December 11, into Thursday, December 12, 2019. Plus, this...
Geminids 2019: How to See the Geminid Meteor Shower December 13
The most active meteor shower of the year peaks the night of Friday, December 13. These are the...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s retrograde motion will start again on February 17, 2020! According to the age-old...
The Darkest Time of the Year (is Not on the Solstice)
When is the earliest sunset of the year? Many folks think it’s on the winter solstice. But the...
Night Sky for December 2019
Here is the Sky Watch for the December 2019 night sky. This month brings a Venus–Saturn conjunction...