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Venus, Saturn, and Molasses
What’s the Slowest-Spinning...
Space is famous for zippy activity, like streaking meteors that sail through the night sky. But space has another face—a slow-and-easy side. In reality, Venus, the Moon, and...
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First Days of Seasons 2018
Find equinox and solstice dates for 2018—specifically, the March equinox, the June solstice, the...
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...
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 ...
Sky Watch: April 2018
Welcome to the April 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
What’s the Slowest-Spinning Planet?
Space is famous for zippy activity, like streaking meteors that sail through the night sky. But...
The Moon, Saturn, and Mars Meet on April 6–7
Sometimes the actual sky is so compelling, we’re forced to simply look out the window. Such is the...
Full Moon for April 2018
Celebrate the Full Moon of April 2018! Find out why it’s called the Pink Moon—plus more Moon facts...
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 Map (Star Chart): April 2018
Look up with the April 2018 sky map to navigate the stars and constellations in the night sky. On...
Full Moon for March 2018
On Saturday evening, March 31, the Full Sap Moon rises! This is the second full Moon of the month—a...
Spring Equinox 2018: The First Day of Spring
The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Tuesday, March 20,...
Vernal Equinox Oddities
This year, the vernal equinox falls on Tuesday, March 20. Are day and night equal today? Does the...
Summer Solstice 2018: First Day of Summer
The timing of the June solstice—or, summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere—varies between June...
Happy Pi Day 2018, My Friends!
On Wednesday, March 14 (3/14), Pi Day is celebrated. It’s the sort of holiday only celebrated by...
2018 Spring Weather Forecast
Winter is nearly over, which means that spring is just around the corner! What kind of weather can...
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...
The Year's Best Conjunction is Sunday, March 18
An unusual thing happens Sunday evening at 7:30 P.M.—a beautiful meeting of the three closest...
What's the Brightest Star in the Sky Tonight?
Who hasn’t heard of the Dog Star, Sirius? It’s the brightest star in the sky. Right now, it’s at...
Sky Watch: March 2018
Welcome to the March 2018 Sky Watch! See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including...
Full Worm Moon: March
What is the Full Worm Moon? In this video, we explain what the Worm Moon means—plus, fun facts...
A New Star in the Night Sky in 2022
A star is born! If you’ve followed my column, you may recall me saying that a new star will appear...
Planet Spectacle: The Show Will Start Soon
This year will indeed be extraordinary for planets. We will see one of the closest approaches of...
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...
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...
Full Moon Names
Native Americans’ Full Moon names were created to help different tribes track the seasons. Think of...
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 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....
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