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Where the Snow Goes
Let’s talk about winter air. Ever noticed that if you have frost on your car, it will probably be totally gone by the time you reach your destination, even if the weather is...
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What is a Supermoon?
When a supermoon arrives (the next is January 1, 2018), the media goes crazy for it. But is it...
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...
First Day of Seasons 2017
Find equinox and solstice dates for 2018—specifically, the March equinox, the June solstice, the...
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...
The Star of Bethlehem
What is the Star of Bethlehem, and what is its significance? Every holiday season, planetariums...
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 ...
How Does the Moon Affect Our Bodies?
In mid-February, the Moon returns to the evening sky. This brings up an ancient puzzle: How does...
Sky Map (Star Chart): March 2018
Look up with the March 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
So You Want to Buy a Telescope?
Since Galileo—one of the first people on Earth to have aimed a telescope at the heavens—millions of...
Full Moon for February 2018
February’s Moon is called the Snow Moon. However, note that there will not be a full Moon phase...
Spring Equinox 2018: First Day of Spring
The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Tuesday, March 20,...
Full Moon Names
Native Americans’ Full Moon names were created to help different tribes track the seasons. Think of...
What is a Blue Moon?
When is the next Blue Moon? And exactly what is a Blue Moon? There’s some confusion about this...
Sky Watch: February 2018
Welcome to the February 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Groundhog Day and Shadow Fun
Groundhog Day. Just a bizarre tradition involving rodents? Or, rather, marmots? Actually, Groundhog...
A Supermoon, Blue Moon, and Lunar Eclipse on January 31
Heard about this “Super Blue Blood Moon” on January 31? Let’s break this down: That’s a Supermoon,...
Stars Crowd Around the Moon This Weekend
Easy astronomy? Deep, profound, cool stuff with no pain? That’s this weekend. On the evenings of...
Full Moon for March 2018
When is the Full Moon for March 2018? Find Moon phase dates, best days by the Moon, folklore, and ...
Full Moon for January 2018
In January of 2018, there are two full Moons. The first full Moon of the year (January 1) is called...
Sky Map (Star Chart): February 2018
Look up with the February 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
Orion the Hunter: Easy to View in the Winter Sky
We’re in a period of dark, moonless, evening skies, so let’s do some old-fashioned stargazing, and...
Baby, It's Cold Outside
It’s been a cold meteorological winter so far, and the northeastern states hit their very coldest...
Sky Watch: January 2018
Welcome to the January 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Meteor Shower Calendar 2018
When is the next meteor shower? See the Almanac’s 2018 Meteor Showers Calendar for the dates of all...
Setting Chicken Eggs by the Moon's Sign
Setting chicken eggs by the Moon? Here are best days to set eggs for 2018. According to tradition,...
Best Fishing Days 2018
When are the best fishing times? See our best fishing days on the Almanac’s 2018 fishing calendar, ...
Sky Map (Star Chart): January 2018
Look up with the January 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
The First Day of Winter: Winter Solstice 2017
Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice on Thursday, December 21, 2017. This is the...
When Is The Darkest Time of the Year
Did you know that early December is when the darkest days of the year occur? It’s a major winter...
Can You Really Name a Star?
Maybe you’ve heard those radio commercials. The announcer says, “If you’re looking for a perfect...
Full Moon for October 2018
When is the Full Moon for October 2018? Find dates—plus, why it’s called the Full Hunter Moon, best...
Full Moon for November 2018
When is the Full Moon for November 2018? See our November Moon Guide—all about the Full Beaver Moon...
Full Moon for December 2017
The Full Cold Moon rises on December 3, 2017! It’s a “Supermoon”—appearing bigger and brighter ...
Sky Watch: December 2017
Welcome to the December 2017 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Sky Map (Star Chart): December 2017
Look up with the December 2017 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky....
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